Yohan Cabaye had a good game for France against Australia during the recent International break, and the 27 year-old scored a great first half goal, but then he was surprisingly left out of the starting eleven for France’s final group game against Finland, which they ended up winning 3-0 in Paris.
Yohan Cabaye in France’s colors
Alan Pardew has given an interview to the local press today, and the manager has said Yohan was disappointed he was left out of that important game for France in World Cup qualifying:
“He was left out of France’s game on Tuesday and I know he was disappointed not to start that game. The World Cup is not far away and he is inspired to show the French manager , Didier Deschamps, how good he is and I am sure he will have watched the Liverpool game and been very impressed.”
Paul Pogba, the former Manchester United youngster was preferred to Yohan against Finland, for only his third cap, and the 20 year-old, who is now at Juventus, could challenge Cabaye for the first team starting position for France in central midfield.
Of course France have many talented midfield players, and Yohan has done very well while at Newcastle to play 25 times for France with two goals in just over two years.
And France have a tough two game play-off with Ukraine that was announced yesterday, to reach the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer, after they finished second to Spain in their group, and Ukraine finished second to England in their group.
Those two games will be played next month, and they should be a couple of matches worth watching, and it’s certainly not certain that France will qualify for Brazil next summer.
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