Four Newcastle players have been called up for the France squad for their very important two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off games against Ukraine, which will take place a week tomorrow in Ukraine, and the return leg is just four days later in Paris.
Mathieu Debuchy – in terrific form for Newcastle
And it’s the same four that were called up for last batch of International games – Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy, and good news for French manager Didier Deschamps – they are all in good form for Newcastle at the moment.
Deschamps has named a 24-man squad for the two game playoff, which will decide which country goes to the World Cup finals next summer in Brazil.
Loic Remy has scored 6 goals in just 8 appearances for Newcastle this season, and Mathieu Debuchy was the best player on the field on Saturday in Newcastle’s terrific 2-0 win over Chelsea, and there were some excellent players on the field in that game.
Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko have also both been in good form of late, and both players were very good in last Saturday’s game.
And in fact two other Frenchmen – Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa also had good games against Chelsea, with Yoan scoring the all important first goal with a brilliant header from a Yohan Cabaye free-kick.
And Mapou played well at the back alongside big Mike Williamson, and helped the Newcastle defense to a clean sheet against one of the best sides in England.
Here’s the France squad that has just been announced:
Goalkeepers: Mickael Landreau (Bastia), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Monaco), Gael Clichy (Manchester City/ENG), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United/ENG), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna (both Arsenal/ENG), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool/ENG), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United/ENG), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG), Paul Pogba (Juventus/ITA), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United/ENG)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal/ENG), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Loic Remy (Newcastle United/ENG), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
One question we have is which France player have the four been told to chat up, for a possible move to Newcastle in the future?
This two game tie will certainly not be easy for France, since Ukraine are a good side, and it’s touch and go whether the former World Cup winners will qualify for the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer.
What do you think?