Moussa Sissoko


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Moussa Sissoko believes France have a good chance of making the latter stages of this summer's World Cup. But rather than speak about their potential, the Newcastle United midfield powerhouse would prefer Les Bleus to do their talking on the pitch…

 

How much are you looking forward to this summer's World Cup?

Personally, I really can't wait. Playing in the World Cup is a fantastic experience for any player, and there is the added bonus this year of it being held in Brazil - the country of football.

That will be fantastic because everyone dreams of playing there.

 

What makes Brazil such a special venue?

It is the home of football and some of the biggest names in the history of the game have come from Brazil.

I could give you a list of 100 players like Pele, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Romario, who have all been so important to football.

Every fan around the world knows that they cannot miss this tournament.

 

You've been a regular in the France squad over the past few years - are you confident of getting some game time at the World Cup?

I have confidence in myself and my ability but it is up to the manager to choose and there are a lot of quality players in France he could call upon.

All I can do is do everything possible to make sure the manager sees me as a good fit in his plans. Hopefully he will.

 

You narrowly missed out on the squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. How much of a disappointment was that?

Was I disappointed? Yes and no.

I had played in the qualification matches and it would have been nice to have gone along, so when I wasn't selected it was disappointing.

But when I look back I was still very young and had a lot to learn.

Now I feel much better equipped to go; I have more experience and am better prepared and ready to face up to the rigours of the World Cup.

 

With that in mind, what would it mean to you to play this summer (having been selected)?

It would be another one of my dreams coming true.

My first was to become a professional footballer; the second was to play for my country; and going to a World Cup is my third dream.

I hope I am lucky enough to go there, to be selected and to play.

 

What do you make of France's draw?

Our group (Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras) could be a lot worse, but it is not going to be as easy as some people are making out.

To qualify for a World Cup is not a simple task so every team deserves to be there.

They are going to be three tough games but I think we have a great team, and if everyone goes out there and plays as we can do, then I think we can get beyond the group stage.

 

And if you manage that, how far can you go?

I think we can go a long way. When you look at the group of players we have, there are some great players available.

Everyone will give 100 per cent and you could see a really strong French team in the World Cup.

However, talk is cheap and what matters most is what we do on the pitch. We have to go out there and prove that we are as good as we say.

 

There are four Newcastle United players (Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote) travelling out to Brazil this summer with their respective nations. What does that say about the quality of players here at St. James' Park?

It is a fantastic thing for this Club and for those players as well, to be playing in such a great tournament.

It can also give everyone associated with Newcastle confidence because it shows we have a great squad here.

Recently, results have gone against us a bit but we tried to end the season well and want to improve next season.

Having players at the World Cup can only help in pushing this Club forward.

 

This article was first produced for Newcastle United's official matchday programme against Cardiff City on Saturday, 3rd May. To purchase a copy of the World Cup special publication, click here.