Newcastle Players Called Up For French Squad

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 new home strip

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?

55 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Hardly surprising, must be hard to find French footballers outside of Newcastle 🙂

    Ed…”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?”

    A cheap one.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Just a shame we dont really have any ambition from Ashley to lure other quality players here who play for France or any other country for that matter!

    I think Mbiwa will hit a great level of form which will get him into the world cup squad not sure if Gouffran will get in no matter how well he plays hes just unlucky that they have some great players in those positions Arfa will not be at the world cup either I think he would need to seriously up his game to get in the squad the ability is there but he needs to get the work rate of Ribery !

  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #3


    lol @ lure you make him sound like a predator haha

  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #4

    actually….. haha

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #5

    wolfshead – selective memory there old bean. I do believe you thought I was a Toon fan from New York City. Yes it’s all coming back to me now. You had complained about using the Metro due to ruffians at night time on the Whitley Bay line. I told you that we had The Transit Cops and the Guardian Angels on the New York Metro – clearly being gullible you swallowed it hook line and sinker. In order to resolve the matter and get you into town on the metro – I provided you with a local phone number where you could obtain protection on the Metro – I recall it was the contact number for Whitley Bay Girl Guides. My God – it was a classic even if I say it myself.
    I hope you’ve toughened up since then.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6


    like i said humour you my first reaction was to type f*** off w***** haha x

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #7


    Ha ha well he probably is a bit of a predator to be fair

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I find wolfs a bit of a kanaka meself like , no’s nowt a boot football,

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry if this is gonna raise blood levels lol

    What are we actually having to remind Ashley?

    That 4 of HIS signings are called up for France

    And that we held an inform Man City to 0-0 over 90 min

    Beating Chelsea 2-0

    He too must be spuing over under performing players like Arfa n Cisse

    He been hurt with paying wages to sidelined Michael Owen n Xisco

    What more we want when he seem to do as his Footballing Advisors ask for

    We’ve got an improved training facility with staff to match

    And he got our Gates back from the right honorable Sir John Hall

    HWTL ..let’s make some noise like the last twenty minutes of last home game

    Spurs r gonna get smashed 🙂

  • DokToon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #10

    wait a sec there mr tuff…. i am from nyc…. im confused…

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #11

    dok -I was hoping not to explain this again but will for the sake of clarity.
    when wolfshead first appeared on the blog (and did not know anybody) he complained that he could not get into Newcastle from where he lived on the local Metro due to thugs/ruffians using the Metro during the evenings. ( The Tyne/Wear Metro is same as NYC Metro -rapid transit system). As he was behaving like a complete woose I engaged him about this but adopted a “gansta rapper” style of writing to convince him I was a Toon fan from NYC -which he swallowed hook line and sinker. The “coup de grace” was trying to get him to get protection from the local girl guides to accompany him on the Metro.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #12

    correction – gangsta rapper.

  • scout

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #13

    What’s the craic with pardew 7/2 for the palace post

  • DokToon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    i apologize mr tuff…. goes back to my beer and sits in the corner, head hanging in shame…

  • Hobs

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Have you guys seen Sissoko’s header against Chelsea, where he heads without ever looking at the ball? He looks at Ivanovich on a corner, back against the ball, and never sees the ball before he jumps and heads it!

    How is that possible?

    Here’s a better, longer video, but I think it only works in Norway..

  • Ciaran

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #16


    Some fine blogging tonight my good man. I’ll know who to go to the next time the ruffians are out in force 😉 haha

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #17

    So glad we’re not playing tonight, that Euro atmosphere is shite and we’d be knackered playing Spurs on Sunday.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Ciaran – bit quiet tonight -maybe some of the regulars are watching the Spurs game -to try to get some type of assessment for the weekend.
    Not many of the Blind Faith Brigade knocking about – one of their junior members wolfshead popped in but he’s been seen off. Now going to take in the Spurs game.

  • p

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    aye jail, though Spurs are at home tonight and Sunday, they do not have much time to prepare for Sunday.

    It is definitely an advantage to us. Whether we take advantage of it is something else.

  • pottsclock

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Santon is going to be busy on Sunday.
    Having said that, Spurs don’t look impressive tonight but I expect I different lineup on Sunday,

  • mattnufc

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Since Bale has left, Spurs are just not penetrative enough – They have scored less than us this season in the Premier League. Being an armchair manager, I believe we should sit back and counter for our best chance to get something out of the game.

  • pottsclock

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #22

    That’s exactly what West Ham did to great success. Bit risky though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #23

    If heaven forbid we were two points off of an EL spot at the end of the season, it would be very prudent for us to give the reserves a chance in that last crucial game.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #24

    @ Matt

    I agree m8 . Sissoko Gouffran & Remy will have a field day if we can quickly break on them .

    My team would be :






    2-1 NUFC 😉

  • mattnufc

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Hopefully Pardew and gang were watching the West Ham game, then. Even if it’s not going according to plan then we always have Shola 🙂

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #26

    I would also be tempted to use Ben Arfa on the left as Vertonghen is playing there at the minute as a makeshift left back.

  • mattnufc

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Not a fan of putting out starting XI’s but I would agree with that one. Not sure about Santon against Townsend though, hopefully Gouffran will help out and run a marathon again.

  • mattnufc

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #28

    P.S. Does Kyle Walker have anything other than pace? Shocking player I feel.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #29

    If I was Pardew I would put out any team that kept Mashley happy, it seems to have worked for him so far.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #30

    I remember once listening to Total Sport after Cisse had been on his incredible scoring run, the topic was would you take X amount of million in case he gets found out…….

  • pottsclock

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #31
  • Marty-Toon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Just for good oul times and Joey Barton giving us a laugh,check it out 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Good evening chaps….been very quiet on here all week, a bit strange.

    Spurs are looking ok tonight without offering a lot…llamela is looking much better than other games i have seen him for spurs, actually running at his man and going either side, it’s very impressive.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Just thinking over players for january…i can’t see it myself but what would people think to loaning/signing on short term deal Adebeyor?

    The lad is very very good when wants to be. Reminds me o mark viduka in that when playing for a new contract he is very good but once he gets it he eases off and picks up the cash.

    He would be the stronger CF we need who could be the shola upgrade we are after, short term this season anyway.

    Also with spurs wanting top 4 they might loan him to us as he would give us more chance of taking points off their rivals in the league as they probably won’t see us as direct rivals.

  • bishopblaize

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #35

    How aboot a swap loan deal with Cisse for Ba .. See if mericual one can field PaPa any differently?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #36

    What’s happened here tonight, I’ve been away for ages, the blog looked like it’s picking up again, has it been TDsarfed this evening.
    Has anybody cheched the FTSE.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #37

    Debuchey MoM against Chelsea, in a side that pressed as a unit without the ball and passed and moved neatly and effectively with it. I wonder if Benny is still in the denial stage about the tenuous state of his NUFC career.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #38

    Ben Arfa’s international career is over so long as Deschamp’s is in charge, I still think he would be selected under Blanc. The fact Ben Arfa is left footed and is very talented makes him a unique player, he offers a tactical alternative, even just being on the bench for times of need.

    This is France though, and personal vendettas run deep. The amount of talent that has not been in France squads because of personal squabbles is unreal… what England would give to have or had players like Cantona, Ginola or Ben Arfa.

  • scout

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Any buy any shares in twitta

  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #40

    catchy is an expert judge of football he thinks fat sam played a more attractive style of football than pardew haha


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