Yohan Cabaye has said that moving to Newcastle has helped him in his International career with France.
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Yohan Cabaye moved to Newcastle for €5M last June, after playing at French club Lille since 2004, and we are hoping that his best pal, Mathieu Debuchy will be on his way to Tyneside this summer, to link up again with Yohan.
Yohan has been named in the French provisional list of 27 for the European Championships this summer, and that list has yet to be whittled down to 23 by French manager Laurent Blanc.
Cabaye is very likely to start for France in the first game of Group D against England on June 11th, and that should be a good game to watch. We are hoping he doesn’t have too good a game against England. 😀
Yohan is keen to establish himself as a starter for Blanc’s team and he had this to say today:
“It’s definitely helped me being at Newcastle because there are a lot of great players and full internationals there.” “You come up against big teams all the time, strong teams, and there are no easy matches. I’ve learnt a lot.”
“Playing in midfield in England is a real lung-buster. In France there’s a lot more emphasis on the tactical side of the game, but the full-on nature of football in the Premier League is really helpful when it comes to being ready to play at international level.”
“It’s a difficult group. Ukraine will be a strong team. They’re at home and that will count for a lot. We beat them last year, but it wasn’t at all easy.”
“Then you’ve got Sweden, who are traditionally powerful and have one of the world’s great players in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”
“We’ll be going into the group looking to win our matches and we’ll be very determined. But for me, England are the favourites. After that we’ll see.”
It’s hard to think England are the favorites for their group, because with Roy Hodgson as the new manager and a number of good England players not available for one reason or another.
We’ll do well to get through the group stages this time around, but England will do a lot better than four years ago, when we didn’t even qualify for the finals, under then England manager Steve McClaren.
The England players will also need to make up for their dismal display in South Africa in the World Cup two years ago.
We’d also love to also see Ben Arfa starting for France in that June 11th game in the Ukraine.