Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Journalist


Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye won his eighth international cap for France on Tuesday night, as they sealed their qualification for Euro 2012.

Samir Nasri's late penalty earned Les Bleus a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina, meaning they topped Group D and consigned their opponents to the play-offs.

And Cabaye's impressive form in the black and white stripes of United has obviously not gone unnoticed by national head coach Laurent Blanc, who handed the 25-year-old his second start in five days.

Cabaye played for 61 minutes before being replaced by Marvin Martin.

In Group E, Magpies keeper Tim Krul was an unused sub for the Netherlands, who slipped to a 3-2 defeat away in Sweden. The result had no effect on Krul and Co's qualification hopes, however, as they had already sealed top spot.

And Jonas Gutierrez remained on the bench throughout as Argentina lost 1-0 away in Venezuela in their second 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Davide Santon got another 90 minutes under his belt as Italy Under 21s beat Turkey 2-0.

Riccardo Saponara and Mattia Destro netted either side of half-time for the hosts as they maintained their 100 per cent record in Group Seven of their Euro 2013 qualifying campaign.

United boss Alan Pardew will have been delighted to see the full-back come through the match unscathed, after he recovered from a slight knee injury suffered soon after signing from Inter Milan in the summer.

Teenage defender Paul Dummett was an unused substitute as Wales Under 21s lost 1-0 at home to the Czech Republic.