Yohan Cabaye is back in the France squad, after not being selected in the last two squads, and he’ll not be too lonely, as three of his Newcastle team mates – Loic Remy, his best friend Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko are also in the squad – wonder who they’ll be chatting up to come to Newcastle next summer?
Yohan Cabaye – on French duty
Pretty soon France manager Didier Deschamps may have to send a special plane to Newcastle to pick up his French players for International games.
Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy were Newcastle’s best players on Saturday in the 2-1 win at Cardiff City, with Loic scoring two more goals for Newcastle in the first half, and Yohan hitting the post with an audacious free kick from all of 30 yards out – a fantastic effort from the Frenchman.
Cabaye has talked today on nufcTV about Loic, who he just loves playing with:
“He’s scored important goals – twice again on Saturday - and he helped us to win the game, so of course he deserves to be in the France squad.”
“For me, it’s fantastic because I love to play forward and with him. It’s so easy because he’s quick. “He can move very fast and very cleverly, so it’s very, very important for us.”
“He gives us another way to play.” “It’s going to be very important because the World Cup is not far now.” “We have to play the last qualifying game.”
“We are sure of the play-offs now, but we never know and we are going to have to beat Finland at home and wish for something.”
“Now it’s going to be very important to play well with Newcastle from the next game until the end to hopefully be in the squad for the World Cup.”
France will play Australia in a friendly in Paris before next week’s final group game against Finland.
And then, as Yohan says, they will have to be in a play-off to qualify for the World Cup finals next summer in Brazil – we certainly hope France make the finals, and it will be interesting how many Newcastle players will make the squad in Brazil – even more than four is a possibility.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org