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Samir Nasri. Gael Clichy, Eric Abidal left off France World Cup roster

El francés Samir Nasri, del Manchester City, a la izquierda, celebra con el argentino Pablo Zabaleta tras anotar un gol contra el West Ham en la última fecha de la liga Premier, en el estadio Etihad, en Manchester, Inglaterra, el domingo 11 de mayo de 2014. El Man City se coronó el domingo campeón de la Premier. (AP Foto/Rui Vieira)

El francés Samir Nasri, del Manchester City, a la izquierda, celebra con el argentino Pablo Zabaleta tras anotar un gol contra el West Ham en la última fecha de la liga Premier, en el estadio Etihad, en Manchester, Inglaterra, el domingo 11 de mayo de 2014. El Man City se coronó el domingo campeón de la Premier. (AP Foto/Rui Vieira)  (The Associated Press)

Midfielders Samir Nasri and Yoann Gourcuff were left off France's provisional 23-man World Cup roster on Tuesday along with defenders Eric Abidal and Gael Clichy.

Nasri, who scored the first goal in Manchester City's Premier League-clinching win over West Ham on Sunday, was suspended for three games by the French Football Federation following a profanity-filled rant at a reporter following France's loss to Spain in the quarterfinals of the 2012 European Championship. He returned to play in World Cup qualifiers.

Les Bleus, coached by World Cup winner Didier Deschamps, have exhibitions against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica, then are grouped with Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador at the World Cup.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham, England), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, England), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United, England), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal, England), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, Portugal), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal, England), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool, England), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, Spain)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus, Italy), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle, England), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, Spain), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal, England), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad, Spain), Loic Remy (Newcastle, England), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, Germany)

Backup players: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton, England), Benoit Tremoulinas (Saint-Etienne)