Moussa Sissoko


By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Moussa Sissoko is part of the France squad which will face Holland in Paris in an international friendly on Wednesday night as the World Cup draws ever closer.

And the all-action midfielder is hoping that his double for Newcastle at Hull last weekend will boost his chances of being part of the Les Bleus team in Brazil.

While Sissoko has created plenty of goals for the Magpies this term, he had only scored once - albeit one of the strikes of the season to give United all three points against West Bromwich Albion in November - until his brace at the KC Stadium.

But it could barely have been better timed as he looks to catch the eye of Didier Deschamps and book his seat on the plane for the greatest show on earth.

After the game, Alan Pardew hailed his player's performance as "tremendous" and, speaking to nufcTV, Sissoko said: "Everyone wants to go to the World Cup, so that's why you need to work very hard every day.

"Now I go with my national team for the game on Wednesday. I will need to try to play very well and after that I need to help my team, to work very hard - and then maybe I can go to the World Cup.

"When you score, I think you have more chance but for me, the most important thing is that the team wins the game. But when I score, I'm very happy."

Sissoko was unsurprisingly beaming after his role in that 4-1 win against the Tigers, but he revealed that the whole team's mood had been lifted by the last two results.

"After the Tottenham game, the team was very sad because we'd lost three games, but now we are happy," he said.

"We have more confidence and we need to work hard again for the last ten games. Now, we go with the national team and when we're back we need to try to win the next game."

Click here to watch the full nufcTV interview with Moussa Sissoko