Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko aiming for World Cup with France

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko

MOUSSA Sissoko is confident he can achieve his World Cup dream with Newcastle United.

The midfielder (left) is desperate to represent France in Brazil next summer after missing out on the last World Cup in South Africa.

Sissoko – who joined Newcastle from Toulouse in January – has eight international caps.

And to cement his place in Didier Deschamps’s squad, he needs to build on his first six months in English football.

The 23-year-old made an instant impact for United.

Sissoko set up a goal for Papiss Demba Cisse on his debut at Aston Villa, and scored twice in a memorable 3-2 win over Chelsea at St James’s Park.

“I hope to play in the World Cup in Brazil,” said Sissoko. “But I can only do that if I play well for Newcastle United.”

Sissoko – who was largely used in the No10 role behind Cisse by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew last season – has looked fit in the club’s early pre-season games.

With an increased emphasis having been placed on fitness, Sissoko feels United’s players will be ready for the new Premier League campaign.

“Everybody’s working hard here,” added Sissoko “Every player knows what they have to do.”

Having fought a season-long battle against relegation last term, there’s a determination inside the dressing room to challenge for a top-10 finish this coming season.

And Sissoko – who can also operate as a box-to-box midfielder – feels he can again be among the goals.

“I feel I can make a great start to the season,” he said.

“The manager has told me he wants me to score more goals, and that’s what I will try to do.”