For the second time running Newcastle players Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko have been included in the French squad for the World Cup qualifying games against Georgia on 6th September (a week tomorrow), and then Belarus on the 10th September (a week on Tuesday).
Moussa Sissoko – included in French squad
There is no place for Yohan Cabaye, but that’s not surprising given Didier Deshcamp’s comments about him a few days ago, and in any case Yohan hasn’t played for a while, and isn’t match fit either.
And there’s no place for Loic Remy, who is still injured of course, and no place for the Newcastle captain last night Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and both lads will be anxious to make the squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Moussa has looked powerful in his first couple of games of the season, but Mathieu Debuchy has been struggling for form, so we have to hope the 28 year-old 14 times capped Frenchman will be able to settle down soon in the Newcastle right back spot.
Here is the full 25 man French squad:
Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda
Defenders: Eric Abidal, Gael Clichy, Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Adil Rami, Bacary Sagna
Midfielders: Etienne Capoue, Clement Grenier, Joshua Guilavogui, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Olivier Giroud, Samir Nasri, Dimitri Payet, Franck Ribery, Mathieu Valbuena
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