For the friendly in Belgium next Wednesday the French squad has just been announced and both Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle make the 23 man squad, but surprisingly Yohan Cabaye has been left out.
Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle midfielder not in French squad
French manager Didier Deschamps has named this list of 23 players:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Eric Abidal (Monaco) Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto), Adil Rami (Valencia), Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Midfield: Josuha Guilavogui (Saint-Etienne), Geoffrey Kondogbia (Sevilla), Rio Mavuba (Lille), E. Capua (Toulouse), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Clement Grenier (Lyon).
Forwards: Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Samir Nasri (Manchester Cit) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
L’Equipe are reporting that PSG center-back Mamadou Sakho, who would be great at Newcastle, is a major player missing from the list, as well as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Newcastle, but Cabaye is not mentioned(?).
These Internationals are taking place just three days before the Premier League season starts a week on Saturday, and it seems a terrible time to hold the rather meaningless games which are only friendlies.
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