Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is hopeful his side can improve ahead of the upcoming season, with his sights set on the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
The 23-year-old, who joined the club from Toulouse in January, has eight caps for his national side, and is one of many Newcastle players that could appear in Brazil if they perform well during the upcoming season.
"I want to play for my club, the manager and also my national team," Sissoko told the Journal. "I want to go to the World Cup with France. It's a big season for me and for a few of the other guys in the team."
After a promising season in 2012 saw them challenging for the Champions League, Newcastle struggled to build on this and found themselves in danger of relegation last term.
But with the likes of Sissoko, as well international team mates Yohan Cabaye, Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Fabricio Coloccini and Hatem Ben Arfa among others, all striving to perform well, it seems Newcastle fans can expect better things this season.
"I do think next season will be better," he added. "The last one is hard for the team.
"We got a lot of injuries to key players and that was hard on the squad. So we are working hard to make sure we get off to a good start, which is going to be important."
Manager Alan Pardew also commented on how important the upcoming season is for his players.
"Make no mistake, that is a massive incentive for a lot of the guys at our football club," he commented. "They want to be on that plane when the time comes."
Newcastle continue their pre-season preparation Portugal as they take on Pacos Ferreira on Tuesday after they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Rio Ave on Saturday.
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