Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has again been interviewed by the French press and he has told them he is very happy to be back in Didier Deschamp’s French squad, after being left out of the last two squads.
Yohan Cabaye – left out of France’s last two squads
The 27-year-old former Lyon star was left out of the France squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus in September, because he was not match fit and he had refused to play for his club, when Arsenal came in for him in August.
Yohan has vowed that he will pay back Newcastle fans and do his talking on the field, and certainly last Saturday he was in top form in Newcastle’s excellent 2-1 win at Cardiff City.
This is what Yohan told the French press about being back in France’s squad:
“I’ve missed it. It’s not easy to stay at home when you see the national team playing and you have the chance to be there,” “I was left out for various reasons, mostly because I wasn’t playing with my club. It’s been a long time since I played.”
“That gave me more hunger and motivation to give more of myself, play good games, and come back as quickly as possible. I’m here today and I’m very happy.”
“It’s going to take a very good season with my club, try and get the best possible results and be in the 23-man squad for the World Cup, if we qualify.”
“I prepared all summer long to be ready for this season, and I’m continuing to work.” “The months of August and September when I wasn’t called up gave me extra strength to come back very quickly.”
“Now I want to stay with Les Bleus for as long as possible.”
It looks like if France are to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer, France will need to get through a playoff as they are likely to end up second in their group to Spain, the current World and European champions.
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