Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy have been named in France's squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The trio, who have all had impressive seasons on Tyneside, were called up by head coach Didier Deschamps ahead of the tournament, which starts next month.

Right-back Debuchy has 19 international caps to his name - scoring two goals - while midfielder Sissoko has represented his country on 16 occasions.

Loanee Remy, who was United's leading scorer with 14 goals during the 2013/14 campaign, has 22 caps and four goals for Les Bleus.

France kick-off their Group E campaign against Honduras on Sunday, 15th June, before also facing Switzerland (20th June) and Ecuador (25th June).

Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy join club teammates Shola Ameobi (Nigeria) and Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast) in being named in World Cup squads for their respective nations.


France squad in full

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (QPR - on loan at Newcastle), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Stephane Ruffier (Monaco)