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Nasri: We still owe France fans after South Africa World Cup debacle
Posted Monday, June 18, 2012 by Dailymail

Manchester City's Samir Nasri has admitted that France are still seeking forgiveness from their fans after their World Cup 2010 calamity.

Laurent Blanc's team are top of Group D after a draw with England and an impressive 2-0 win against Ukraine on Friday night - their first victory in a tournament since the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup.

However, Nasri admitted last night that the stains of the last World Cup - when the French crashed out at the group stage after refusing to train at one point - are hard to shift.

Nasri: We still owe France fans after South Africa World Cup debacle
Indebted: Samir Nasri

He said: 'You know, in France the image of the national team is really bad, so we've tried for two years to work on that. It's now 23 games that we're unbeaten and we're trying to show everybody something different, that we are not just like players with huge egos and big heads.

'I don't think the fans have forgiven us, but we will do everything to be forgiven.'

France are favourites to progress as group winners when they face Sweden in Kiev tomorrow. Nasri, though, insisted the squad's focus is on the next World Cup in Brazil.

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