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Nasri regrets France mistakes
Nasri: I ruined my reputation at Euro 2012

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Nasri: I ruined my reputation at Euro 2012
France midfielder Samir Nasri has admitted that he regrets the series of events which resulted in him being frozen out of the national side.

The Manchester City star was involved in a controversial bust up with journalists after his side was eliminated from Euro 2012.

Nasri was handed a three-match ban in the aftermath of his bad conduct and was overlooked for France squads for nearly a year, before Didier Deschamps offered him a second chance for the summer tour of South America.

Having previously spoken of his desire to make amends back in May, the 26-year-old has again emphasized how thankful he is for being given another opportunity.

"I have a second chance," he told Le Parisien. "I have nothing to prove. At every opportunity, I will make sure I am good. I have made errors of communication. I opened my mouth too often.

"Now I'm focusing on my goals. I know my priorities."

Nasri is part of a group of French players dubbed 'Generation 1987', including the likes of Jeremy Menez and Karim Benzema, who have been found guilty of indiscretions with the national side and Nasri has blamed pressure for their struggles.

"We have all had our problems. At times we did not behave ourselves in our respective careers. We did not deal with the pressure and expectation from the media - since 2004, they've been calling us a golden generation.

"I've just turned 26. We're starting to mature, to grow. We missed our first chance. We do not want to miss the second."

France continues its bid for 2014 World Cup qualification with a trip to Georgia on Friday.

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