He wants to leave Newcastle because he wants to - not only PLAY in the Champions League - but WIN it!
And France's involvement in Brazil in the summer would put him on the world stage.
As for France, they will have to go one better than England and beat Ukraine - Roy Hodgson's men drew 0-0 away from home and only managed a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
France heach coach Didier Deschamps is relieved Les Bleus will be at home for the second leg, and said: "It will not be easy against a Ukrainian team which has now played seven games without defeat.
"Ukraine may not have superstars like Portugal or Croatia but they were seeded and it is important that we respect their quality.
One of football's superstars will miss out on the World Cup next year after Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal side were drawn against Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden in the European play-offs for next year's finals.
Portugal versus Sweden is the pick of the four play-offs, which will be played over two legs.
The presence of stars such as Real Madrid's Ronaldo and Manchester United's Nani means Portugal will go into the play-offs as favourites but they struggled in what had looked a straightforward qualifying group, finishing runners-up to Russia.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento warned that in Paris St Germain forward Ibrahimovic, Sweden have a potential matchwinner.
He said in statement: "We have two tough games against a side that, as well as having one of the best strikers in the world, plays well as a team.
"Sweden finished second in a group that contained Germany, one of the contenders to win the whole tournament.
"The key is to be prepared, and to be confident that we have a real chance of reaching the finals."
Sweden gave a warning of their talents with a 4-4 draw against group winners Germany in qualifying.
Iceland have a great chance of making it to their first ever World Cup after being drawn against Croatia, perhaps least dangerous of the seeded sides, while unseeded Romania will face Greece.
The two-legged play-offs are to be played on November 15 and 19 to decide the four remaining European teams to go to the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
European World Cup Qualifying play-off draw:
Portugal v Sweden
Ukraine v France
Greece v Romania
Iceland v Croatia
Group H - Pl W D L F A Pts +/- 1 England 10 6 4 0 31 4 22 27 2 Ukraine 10 6 3 1 28 4 21 24 3 Montenegro 10 4 3 3 18 17 15 1 4 Poland 10 3 4 3 18 12 13 6 5 Moldova 10 3 2 5 12 17 11 -5 6 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 54 0 -53
Group I - Pl W D L F A Pts +/- 1 Spain 8 6 2 0 14 3 20 11 2 France 8 5 2 1 15 6 17 9 3 Finland 8 2 3 3 5 9 9 -4 4 Georgia 8 1 2 5 3 10 5 -7 5 Belarus 8 1 1 6 7 16 4 -9WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO?
Yohan Cabaye is understood to be a target of Serie A outfit Roma, as well as Liverpool, Arsenal and . in one report . Man Utd!
The French midfielder was the subject of reports in Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport yesterday claiming that the Toon star is wanted by his former Lille boss, Rudi Garcia.Cabaye opted out of Newcastle’s first two games of the season after the club received a bid of around £11million from Arsenal.And while the bid was swiftly rejected, there was no follow-up offer.Whether Cabaye would swap the Premier League for the less fashionable Serie A remains to be seen.Yet reports today link Liverpool with a move in January.
So . what do you think? Where will Cabaye be next season?
ThanksWHITE HART LANE - THE LIBRARY
How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
Leave the M25 at Junction 25 and take the A10 towards Enfield. Continue on the A10 through Enfield and at the roundabout with the Northern Circular (A406), turn left onto the A406 (Sterling Way). Turn right into Fore Road (the A1010) which becomes the High Road and you will come to the ground on your left.
On street parking is virtually non-existent around the stadium on matchdays as a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is in operation which means that only local residents who have a parking permit and blue badge holders can park legally. The perimeter of the zone is up to a mile from the ground and this has led to some private car parks near to the stadium charging up to £15 for the privilege. If you do park around the area, make sure that you take notice of the advisory parking notices attached to lamp posts, as otherwise you may find that you car gets towed away.
Post Code for SAT NAV: N17 0AP
By Train Or Tube
White Hart Lane Station is the nearest to the stadium, which is only a few minutes walk away. It is served by trains from Liverpool Street. Located at Liverpool Street is a handy Wetherspoons pub, plus a cornish pasties outlet opposite. Richard Crouch adds 'The best station to get to White Hart Lane from is Northumberland Park. Come out of the station and cross the road and you are in Park Lane. It is a ten minute stroll to the ground'.
The nearest London Underground station is Seven Sisters which is on the Victoria Line. The ground is about a twenty minute walk away, but there are plenty of buses running up Tottenham High Road to the ground. Chris Knibs informs me; 'Although there are plenty of buses, not many of them go past the ground. Those that do mostly have numbers that end in a 9, so take 149, 249, 279 or 349. You can also get a normal overground train from Seven Sisters to White Hart Lane station.
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Away fans are housed in one corner of the ground in between the South & West Stands, where up to 2,900 supporters (if demand requires it) can be accommodated, in the lower and upper tiers. If you have a ticket for the upper tier then prepare yourself for quite a climb to reach the away area. You are though rewarded with a great view of the action from this section and the leg room is ample. The facilities in this modern stand are above average. On the downside there is little space between the away and home fans. As you would expect there is plenty of banter between the two, but the stewards tend to take a tougher line on the away support. On my last visit a number of fans were ejected from the ground, plus there were repeated warnings to away fans to remain seated.
One strange aspect of sitting in the upper tier is seeing the Police Control Box directly above you, where a number of uniformed faces can be seen peering down on the away supporters. Although I have not personally experienced any problems at White Hart Lane, it may be wise to exercise caution around the ground and you may consider keeping colours covered. Expect to be searched by stewards on entry to the away section.
Where To Drink?
Due to a number of pubs going out of business in the area around the ground, the choice for away fans is now rather limited. Simon Hornby informs me; 'The best place for away fans to get a drink is the Harringey Irish club on the Pretoria Rd which is opposite White Hart Lane station. It has two large bars showing Sky Sports, offers reasonably priced food and you can also park there for £10'. Dean Palmer adds; 'When you get off the train at White Hart Lane, go straight out of the metal gates and walk straight down the road in front of you. After a couple of hundred yards there is a car park on the left hand side, and the social club is in there. There are always a few away fans in there, and kids are also allowed in there too'.
Tim Pick a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers fan adds; 'We drank at the Elmhust on Lordship Lane, which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground. It is large mock tudor style looking pub with 4 or 5 Sky Sports screens. There were home fans and away fans in colours mixing with out any problems. Prices were okay too (for London)'. Carsie a Spurs fan from Belfast recommends; 'The Three Compasses which is situated in Queen Street (behind Middlesex University), which is a five minute walk from White Hart Lane Station'.
It may be an idea to drink in Central London before the game and then take a train to White Hart Lane Station. There is a Wetherspoon outlet at Liverpool Street Station from where you get the train to White Hart Lane. If you decide to take the long walk from Seven Sisters tube station to the stadium, then there are a number of pubs along the way.
Steve Dobson adds; 'I also suggest that visiting fans with a thirst for real ale, consider catching the train from Liverpool Street and stop off at Hackney Downs to visit the Pembury Tavern. Good beer and quality food. From there it is only 10 minutes on the train to White Hart Lane. The pub is only a couple of hundred yards from Hackney Downs station on Amhurst Road'. The pub which is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide has no less than 16 real ales on offer! The question is, will you still then make it to the match?
Inside the ground alcohol is served in the refreshment areas. This is in the form of plastic bottles of Carlsberg (500ml). But please note that alcohol is not served in the away section at half time.IDEAL FOR CHRISTMAS MAGPIES IN EUROPE - HARVEY TO PARDEW
The new version of "Magpies In Europe" will be launched next week.
Although NUFC are not talking to the Chronicle or Sunday Sun . we are!
And the full story is expected to be in newspapers within the next two weeks.
The official new title is "Magpies In Europe - Harvey To Pardew" and is an up-dated version of "From Antwerp To Zurich" - which includes the 14 Europa League fixtures we played last season.
The 280-page book features match reports from the 134 European matches Newcastle United have played, starting with the memorable 4-0 win over Feyenoord in 1968 on our European debut.
Included are stats and the figures you would expect, but also each away fixture has the remarkable experiences of individuals who travelled to watch the matches.
Introduction by "Big Bad" John McNamee, part of the Fairs Cup winning team of 1969.
It is a fascinating history that every Newcastle United fan will enjoy.
And with a limited print-run, make sure you order a copy.
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THIS WEEK'S FIXTURES
Saturday November 915:00 Aston Villa v Cardiff City 15:00 Chelsea v West Brom 15:00 Crystal Palace v Everton 15:00 Liverpool v Fulham 15:00 Southampton v Hull City 17:30 Norwich City v West Ham United
Sunday November 1012:00 Tottenham v Newcastle United 14:05 Sunderland v Manchester City 16:10 Man Utd v Arsenal 16:10 Swansea City v Stoke City
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2013/14
NEWCASTLE UTD 2 CHELSEA 0 (Gouffran, Remy)Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote (53' Anita), Gouffran (85' Obertan), Shola Ameobi (62' Cisse).Subs: Ben Arfa, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Tavernier.
SUNDERLAND 2 NEWCASTLE 1 (Debuchy)Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Dummett, Santon, Sissoko (45' Cisse), Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran (86' Sammy Ameobi), Ben Arfa, Remy (70' Shola Ameobi).Subs: Anita, Haidara, Elliot, Obertan.
NEWCASTLE UTD 2 LIVERPOOL 2 (Cabaye, Dummett)Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Cabaye (78' Sammy Ameobi), Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko (45' Dummett), Remy, Ben Arfa (78' Anita).Subs: Cisse, Elliot, Obertan, Dummett.
CARDIFF CITY 1 NEWCASTLE 2 (Remy 2)Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Tiote, Cabaye (86' Ben Arfa), Gouffran, Sissoko, Remy (71' Gutierrez), Cisse Subs: Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett
EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE 2 (Cabaye, Remy)Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa (46' Williamson), Coloccini, Santon, Tiote, Anita (69' Cisse), Ben Arfa (46' Cabaye), Sissoko, Gouffran, Remy Subs: Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett
NEWCASTLE 2 HULL CITY 3 (Remy 2)Krul, Debuchy (86' Tiote), Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye (62' Gouffran), Anita, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Cisse (73' Marveaux), Remy Subs: Williamson, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett
ASTON VILLA 1 NEWCASTLE 2 (Ben Arfra, Gouffran)Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Anita (74' Tiote), Cabaye (88' Sammy Ameobi), Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Remy (63' Gouffran), Cisse Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, S Taylor, Dummett
NEWCASTLE 1 FULHAM 0 (Ben Arfa)Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita 65' (Cabaye), Marveaux 74' (Remy), Shola Ameobi 65' (Gouffran), Cisse Subs: Gosling, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett
NEWCASTLE 0 WEST HAM 0Krul, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita, Marveaux 66' (Sammy Ameobi), Shola Ameobi, Cisse 72'Subs: Gosling, Bigirimana, Elliot, Vuckic, Dummett
MAN CITY 4 NEWCASTLE 0Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko, Tiote, Gouffran 45+4' (Dummett), Ben Arfa 65' (Sammy Ameobi), Gutierrez 44' (Anita), Cisse Subs: Elliot, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Obertan
NEWCASTLE 0 MAN CITY 2 (AET)Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara (45 Dummett, 80 Ben Arfa), Anita, Tiote, Gouffran, Sissoko, Shola Ameobi (66 Cabaye), CisseSubs: Remy, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
NEWCASTLE 2 LEEDS UTD 0 (Cisse, Gouffran)Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Gouffran (90' Vuckic), Anita (80' Gosling), Tiote, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse (71' Obertan).Subs: Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Alnwick
MORECAMBE 0 NEWCASTLE 2 (Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi)Elliot, Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Good, Dummett, Bigirimana, Gosling, Marveaux 88' (Sissoko), Vuckic 46' (Shola Ameobi), Sammy Ameobi, Gouffran 71' (Ben Arfa)Subs: Santon, Anita, Alnwick, StreeteNewcastle United Fixtures Sunday November 1012:00 Premier LeagueTottenham v Newcastle United Saturday November 2315:00 Premier League Newcastle United v Norwich City Saturday November 3017:30 Premier LeagueNewcastle United v West Brom Wednesday December 419:45 Premier League Swansea City v Newcastle United Saturday December 712:45 Premier LeagueMan Utd v Newcastle United Saturday December 1415:00 Premier LeagueNewcastle United v Southampton Saturday December 2115:00 Premier LeagueCrystal Palace v Newcastle United Thursday December 2615:00 Premier LeagueNewcastle United v Stoke City Sunday December 2913:30 Premier LeagueNewcastle United v Arsenal Wednesday January 1 201415:00 Premier LeagueWest Brom v Newcastle United
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