Samir Nasri hopes his stunning goal in Manchester City’s Capital One Cup final win against Sunderland can help him earn a recall to the France squad for the World Cup.
Nasri, 26, who recently returned from a month-long knee injury, has been overlooked by Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps for Wednesday’s friendly against Netherlands at the Stade de France.
However, after helping City to silverware at Wembley on Sunday, the former Arsenal midfielder is planning to force his way back into Deschamps’ thinking.
“The best response is on the pitch,” Nasri told L’Equipe. “It’s up to me to give him headaches by repeating this kind of performance.”
Nasri was long ignored by Deschamps after receiving a three-match ban for clashing with a journalist during Euro 2012.
The Marseille native first caught the eye after winning the European U17 Championship in 2004, but despite winning 41 caps at senior level he remains a divisive figure in his homeland.