Newcastle can target Europe following France qualification

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As Didier Deschamps' France booked a ticket to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Alan Pardew must have been licking his lips and rubbing his hands with glee.

Four Newcastle players were part of 'Les Bleus' squad that beat Ukraine 3-2 on aggregate and there were several more watching from Tyneside.

Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy (on loan from QPR) were part of the France squad while Yoann Gouffran, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are three of the French stars who hadn't made the squad.

In total, Newcastle have ten French players in the first-team and between now and the end of the season the French contingency at the club will be hoping to perform well enough to earn a place in Deschamps' final squad.

Injury-permitting, Cabaye, Sissoko, Remy and Debuchy are almost certain to be on the plane to Brazil next summer but they will know that fierce competition in the France set-up means Deschamps will be watching his players club form.

Ben Arfa has found himself on the fringes of the starting lineup at Newcastle of late. The maestro will be hoping to force himself into the starting 11 and then work his way into the France manager's thoughts. Even though Ben Arfa has a sketchy history with the national side and the Deschamps, the forward will hope to give former-Chelsea midfielder no choice but to include him in the World Cup squad.

Yanga-Mbiwa is another player who will hope he can earn a re-call to the France squad having earnt three caps while playing for Montpellier. The defender endured a rocky start to the season but his form has recovered and he is starting to show why Newcastle brought him to the Premier League last January.

Yoann Gouffran, although he hasn't featured for France before, has caught the eye with some excellent performances of late. Gouffran has endeared himself to the Newcastle fans due to his high work-rate and determination in the famous black-and-white shirt.

If Gouffran stays in Pardew's side, more impressive displays and some more consistent goalscoring form will push him closer to the national side than ever before. 

The close scrutiny and competition for places in the French national set-up means that Pardew's Gallic players will be keen to perform to earn a place in the 23-man World Cup squad.

The former West Ham and Charlton manager has seen his side beat Chelsea and Tottenham recently and will be hoping his side can replicate their good form in upcoming games.

The motivation is there for the French players on Tyneside - the chance to represent their country on the biggest stage of all.

France's qualification will only serve as a boost to his side's chances to slowly climb up the league table and it wouldn't be too surprising if they are in the European places come the end of the season.

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