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Two Newcastle Men Named In French Squad

2:56 pm, Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

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).

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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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Tags: International News · Loic Remy · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye


28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Arsenal sign Flamini,Maybe they have ended their interest in Cabaye.

  • 2 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    On what basis have either of these two players got into the French squad? Was it Debuchy’s wonderful performance against City that done it for him? My God…

  • 3 stu mel // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Has everybody been listening to that foul mouth guy on you tube, it’s not intellect that his spouting has derived from his in sight is 4 bottle of brown ale and I couple of guys who sit at a bar and pull the world to shreds as if they have never put a foot wrong in there life,
    What give him this great insight his mates and gossip. Saying Ashley is the reason that cabs isn’t playing is not a fact, even if some dude in his barren flat in his very worn in arm chair tells you it is.

  • 4 toon1707 // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Cabaye only has his self to blame if it turns out he has been on strike trying to force his way out if the club will the players and fans welcome him back with open arms if he does not get his wish

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM


    Maybe on past performances for France?

    I know of pick my international squad differently to how most do. I’d have a starting 11 with 5/6 others who don’t change (unless severe drop in club and inter actionable form). Then my other 8 spots in the squad would be taken up purely on form players.

    That way you keep a solid core who get used to playing together but if you need a game changer or somebody to fill ingot injury the. You have somebody in form able to make a difference.

  • 6 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:08 PM


    It’s also not a fact that Cabaye has went on strike, just because the papers tell you it is true doesn’t make it so. If it was true then why does Pardew say “he’s not in the right mindset” instead of “he’s decided not to play” or that he “expects Cabaye to play” instead of “he’s going to play whether he wants to or not”

    The meak and weak language relating to Cabaye’s “strike” would indicate that all is not what it seems, and that if Pardew publicly stated “Cabaye is on strike” there would be an entire dressing room of players ready to come out in support of their team mate.

    That’s how I read it anyway.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    If that makes sense, predictive text took over

  • 8 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM


    Surely then, on the basis of a core set of players, Cabaye would be on of the first names in the squad ahead of both Debuchy and Sissoko who are prone to coming in and out of the squad.

  • 9 Wiz // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    stu mel, it’s possible that you were referring to me when you were talking about how nonsensical it is to claim Ashley has ordered Pardew not to pick Cabaye. I am indeed sitting in my own filth in an armchair that nobody else would ever sit in, even if I ever had visitors. However the Ashley story is a) reasonably well sourced, though I have no exclusively special information b) consistent with known facts c) the only account that is consistent with those known facts, because otherwise the club would be punishing Cabaye. As it is, the club seems to approve of him, wouldn’t you say? Very nice of them to big him up so he can fulfil his dream at a more ambitious club. Anyway, you’d be more than welcome round here for a glass of Pinot Noir. Bring your own seat though.

  • 10 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    stu mel

    Well said. But it’s well liked being people love hearing someone “stick it to the man” in a slightly funny and vulgar way…

    It’s a bit like listening to someone from the Occupy movement where they just slag off bankers and politicians but don’t actually say anything constructive.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    I’d agree, that’s how I’d do it personally. Maybe the manager wants to make an example of him though. Any player perceived to be on strike, whether true or not, isn’t selected.

  • 12 Wiz // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    stu mel – what’s a barren flat by the way? Is it a flat solely occupied by the guy in the armchair? I have a wife and four children in my five-bedroomed Victorian house, but you could always just close your eyes when you come round. I promise to widdle on the sofa well in advance.

  • 13 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Wiz from previous thread

    I don’t think we’ll go down this season either, but that is more down to default than design, as there are teams who are simply worse than us and should be relegated, not to mean that they won’t fight more than us, work harder than us and as such finish higher than us. There are so few positive signs emanating from the club that it is hard to see what we can cling on to when looking forward as a club this season.

    If Ashley was a learner, even a slow one, he would have done some business in the summer window, where costs are generally lower than in January, a window that Dekka once claimed they rarely do business in due to inflated prices. The only signings I think we will make in January are players with 6 months left on their contract, like Gouffran and Sissoko last season. The fans viewed the panic buying last season as a last ditch attempt to salvage a dreadful season, whereas Mike Ashley saw it as a business model on how to avoid relegation on the cheap.

  • 14 JaxtheMag // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Tottenham bringing 2 more in, they are signing 1 a day. our team wdnt win the championship.

  • 15 toon kk // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    On ssn chelsea only will do permanent deal with Ba not loan deal.

  • 16 Wiz // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Toon darn Sarf – agreeing with stu mel is not a good look. Neither is coming out in support of the bankers (or perhaps you imagine Wonga are popular).

  • 17 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:19 PM


    Deschamps did come out and say that Cabs needed to play to be selected so his omission isn’t that much of a surprise, but Debuchy and Sissoko’s inclusion very much is.

  • 18 stu mel // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I don’t stipulate my onions as option, I say the same thing god nose what’s going on with that one, personally I find the fantastical is being add to the story. And to be honest yes pardew is with holding info on that that is clear, but that because he tends to be careful of what he says, and if I had his job I would talk to the public as the club dose what it wants regardless of his fought.
    That guy might turn out to be right I’m just make my feeling know that I find his tone and excitation to be tosh and to state it as more than I guy repeating something he has heard in a pub is daft of us all

  • 19 lesh // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Re Gomis.

    If as sky say that gomis’s wages are problematical, why has it taken this long to ascertain his requirements?

    That report’s either complete tosh or and more likely we’ve never tried to find out as Kinnear’s had or has no intention of signing him – wasting time and money going through the motions!

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM


    unless he is just selecting them as they have performed consistently well for france? doesn’t come as a shock as debuchy especially is an established player for their national side.

  • 21 stu mel // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I don’t have a flat or a house? What’s your point I was using it to suggest excite the arm chair part as in sitting back and preaching

  • 22 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:22 PM


    When I see him play for France and then compare it to how he plays for us it is incredibly frustrating. He is a very good player, and has defended well against other very good players, which makes me think that Pardew is indeed to blame for his dismal performances.

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM


    I never like to do what is popular for the sake of it! And I only agreed with him on the guy who has foul mouthed rants on YouTube and states everything as if it’s a fact. I disassociate myself with anything else that may be complete garbage…

    As for the bankers, I fought that argument many times when Occupy were in the media. It’s rarely as simple as it looks and never as simple as a bunch of crusties and students make it out to be.

    Ashley can’t leave without a buyer, the economy won’t function without banks.

    What we (and the economy) need is either a better way of working or an entirely new radical plan that is very well thought out, completely plausible and very well executed.

  • 24 Wiz // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Ruddy – quite agree about hard-working teams, and one of the worries is that so few of our players, even the younger ones, seem to want to do well. I still have sneaky hopes of Gosling, who looked great at Everton. But as regards windows, Ashley is a gambler. If he buys it’s a gamble, and if he doesn’t buy it’s a gamble. He doesn’t like to admit fault and never stops trying to prove he was right when everyone has started saying he was wrong. So the players we bought in January were the players he was going to buy this summer, but just a few months early. He still can’t admit to himself that this was not enough, and he will get a tremendous thrill if we get through to the end of the season with the present group of players – because that was the group he thought a year ago was all we would need to stay up. But he will go with more spending if we are going down. That is too much of a flutter for a man who wants to sell our club.

  • 25 stu mel // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    No ofence other than that, I was suggesting anything about his home or personal life I have no right sorry if I did was my intention

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM


    well santon did well for inter but awful defensively for us…something isn’t right

  • 27 magicbus // Aug 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Think Joke in ear should be done under the trades description act with a view to his job tItle COS HE AINT FULFILLING IT

  • 28 toonaids // Aug 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    love how out of 12 players we have two in the squad, oen shouldnt even be there (Debu) hahahaha we have a french reserves team!

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