No less than eight Newcastle players were involved in international games this midweek, as nations prepare themselves for the World Cup with less than 100 days to go to the big kick-off in Brazil. Rather obviously, the most interest for Newcastle fans came in the France vs Netherlands friendly, where Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy were all involved. Former Magpie Yohan Cabaye played the whole game for Les Blues as they triumphed 2-0 in Paris and Debuchy got 87 minutes under his belt. Debuchy is considered France’s first-choice right-back and is set to be on the plane in June, barring injury. Remy was introduced in place of Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann with just less than half an hour remaining but couldn’t increase his side’s two goal advantage. Sissoko got ten minutes in place of Juventus wonderkid Paul Pogba. France coach Didier Deschamps should name the pair in his final 23 for Brazil but fellow Magpie Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is out of favour with the former Chelsea midfielder. Interestingly, there was no place in the Netherlands squad for any of Newcastle’s three Dutchman. Tim Krul is vying for the number one spot in Louis Van Gaal’s team but was left out as the former Barcelona coach tested Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen. Vurnon Anita seems to be too far from the team to make a late push for the final 23, while Luuk De Jong also missed out this time round. Luuk’s older brother Siem was an unused substitute. Cheick Tiote enjoyed 90 minutes for Ivory Coast as they travelled to Belgium and came away with a 2-2 draw. Tiote was booked in injury time, seconds after Swansea striker Wilfried Bony had scored an equaliser. Papiss Cisse’s goal trouble continued as he turned out for Senegal as they played Mali. The striker hit the bar in a 1-1 draw. Shane Ferguson turned out for Northern Ireland as they played out a goalless draw with Cyprus. The Toon loanee got on for the last 17 minutes. Another loanee had an interesting game, as Australia were pipped in a seven-goal thriller with Ecuador. Curtis Good – on loan at Dundee United – was named in the starting XI for the first time and was replaced in the 66th minute. The Socceroos were 3-0 up at half-time, only to lose 4-3. Shola Ameobi travelled all the way to Atlanta for Nigeria’s friendly with Mexico, only to sit and watch a 0-0 draw from the substitute’s bench. Newcastle are next in action on March 15, when they travel to Craven Cottage to take on relegation battlers Fulham.