Newcastle Utd stars can achieve international ambitions at club

PROUD ... Newcastle and France midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
PROUD ... Newcastle and France midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

ALAN Pardew is hopeful Newcastle United can hold on to their World Cup stars – as they can achieve their international ambitions at St James’s Park.

A clutch of the club’s players helped their countries qualify for next summer’s finals in Brazil over the past fortnight.

Among them were France duo Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy.

And Newcastle – who face Norwich City at St James’s Park tomorrow – could have as many as dozen squad members involved in the tournament.

United manager Pardew – who feared he would lose Cabaye in the summer transfer window – feels that underlines his belief that players don’t need to leave for a title-chasing club to achieve international recognition.

“(Mathieu) Debuchy wasn’t really getting too many plaudits at Lille,” Pardew said.

“We bring him here, and he gets in front of (Bacary) Sagna. That wouldn’t happen at many clubs, even in the Premier League.

“With this club, and the profile it’s got, it’s helped.

“Therefore it helps France and it helps us. It gives all our players here the platform to try to get to the World Cup. We could get three or four others to it who haven’t been involved yet.

“We have 50,000 every week, and I think if you’re an international manager, and you’re seeing a player who can play in front of that kind of crowd, and the pressure that it brings, they aren’t going to have a problem with 60,000 crowd in the World Cup.”

Yoan Gouffran, Vurnon Anita, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa and Steven Taylor could yet force their way into the squads of their respective countries between now and next June – if they play consistently well for Newcastle.

“Gouffran, Anita, Hatem – they’re all going to be desperate to go,” added Pardew. “That all bodes well for me.

“The most important thing is to consistently play well in the first team.

“When you get in the first team here, with the standards we’ve set of late, you’re going to have to word really hard and be at the top of your game.

“Now there’s real competition. That should be reflected in the XI that starts.”