Manchester City star confident of France World Cup progression

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is confident France can progress to next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Nasri, who was involved in France's 3-0 win against Finland last night, revealed that Les Bleus would not be frightened of coming against Portugal in next month's World Cup play-offs.

Didier Deschamps' France could face a two-legged tie against the likes of Portugal, Sweden, Croatia or Greece after his side finished behind Spain in the group stages.

Despite failing to automatically qualify for next year's tournament, Nasri remains confident his side will be on the plane to Brazil next summer.

Nasri, speaking after France's 3-0 win, said on France's chance of qualifying for next year's tournament: "I'm not afraid of Portugal. I don't think they'd be happy to play against us either.

"Our objective is to go to the World Cup, and if we go, it's to go as far as possible, so it'd be just as well to eliminate them now."

Nasri's international teammate Olivier Giroud believes his side should not be too upset at finishing behind world and European champions Spain.

The Arsenal striker said: "That gives us a lot of hope for what will follow. You have to remember that only Spain were in front of us. We have played a good group.

"I hope we will get through. In any case, I cannot imagine a World Cup in Brazil without France."

The draw for the qualifiers will take place on Monday October 21 with the ties taking place on Friday 15 and Tuesday 19 November.

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