With the World Cup less than a month away, countries around the world have been announcing their 30-man provisional squads and there is plenty of good news for Newcastle United players.

Of the provisional squads that have been announced, no less than six Toon players have been included and will have a busy summer in Brazil.

As expected, the heaviest Magpies involvement comes in the France squad. Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko have been named by Les Blues coach Didier Deschamps, while on-loan Loic Remy also makes the cut.

Debuchy and Remy are likely members of France’s starting XI, while Sissoko will face a battle with former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye for a starting berth.

Rumoured Toon transfer targets Alexandre Lacazette and Remy Cabella have been named on the standby list. There is no place in the 30 for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa or Yoan Gouffran.

Tim Krul has been named in the Netherlands squad and will be hoping to win the battle for the number one shirt in Louis van Gaal’s team. Krul will compete with Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Ajax keeper Jasper Cillessen and PSV stopper – and potential Newcastle target – Jeroen Zoet for a place between the sticks.

Krul has been preferred by van Gaal as number one in recent months and with clubs around Europe eyeing a move for the 26-year-old, a strong tournament could see the Dutchman’s stock rise even higher.

Cheick Tiote has been named in the Ivory Coast squad and will expect to play a big part in Sabri Lamouchi’s World Cup plans.

The Elephants have a group that they will fancy their chances of qualifying from, as they face Greece, Colombia and Japan. With Tiote amongst their ranks alongside the likes of Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony and Didier Drogba, Lamouchi will certainly be eyeing the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time in the Africans’ history.

And Newcastle’s African contingent heading to Brazil does not end there. Shola Ameobi is set to leave St James’ Park this summer but will be heading to South America with Nigeria, as his long awaited international career finally takes off.

The Geordie veteran has been named in Stephen Keshi’s side alongside fellow Premier League players Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City), Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel (both Chelsea). The Super Eagles take on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Argentina in Group F, meaning Ameobi could come up against Lionel Messi in June. The big striker will not face club colleague Fabricio Coloccini though, as the Newcastle captain has missed the cut for the squad.

Australia are yet to name their 30-man provisional squad but there is a strong possibility that Curtis Good could be part of it. The 21-year-old has been on loan at Dundee United this season and his good form saw him rewarded with his first Socceroos call-up in March. Aussie boss Ange Postecoglou was impressed with the youngster and could reward him with a World Cup call-up in the next couple of weeks,