The dreaded international break is upon us and like many of you, my weekend feels somewhat incomplete without Newcastle United.

Now I’m all for national pride and supporting the Three Lions, but if an international friendly against Chile doesn’t tickle your fancy, why not cheer on the Toon’s French contingent as they look to book their place at next summer’s World Cup in Brazil?

Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy are all involved in a pivotal play-off double-header against Ukraine. Les Bleus will play Ukraine away today and at home on Tuesday in what will be a massive few days for France and Newcastle United.

A massive game for France, but Newcastle, surely not? The game could have a huge impact on Newcastle’s season. We’ve just recorded two enormous wins against teams fighting for Champions League places, if not the title. Now is the time to push on, following the international break we face a struggling Norwich side at St James’ Park, a game we should take all three points from.

To do so, we’re going to need a clean bill of health following the break. France’s two-legged battle with Ukraine is going to be nothing short of tough and intense and Alan Pardew will be praying the French quartet come back to Tyneside free of injury problems.

Without Remy, where are the goals coming from? Without Cabaye, where is the service coming from? As for the remaining two – who are nearing a year in Newcastle – they were imperative to victories over Chelsea and Tottenham. Especially Debuchy, who is now looking settled in black and white. We are now seeing the Debuchy that impressed during France’s Euro 2012 campaign. Sissoko has been quiet for much of the season until recent weeks where he has shown glimpses of the man that burst onto the Premier League scene last season.

Newcastle have responded magnificently to derby day defeat , the hunger levels that were missing during that dark Sunday afternoon over the water seem to be back amongst the squad, the commitment levels have been high, more of the same would be ideal.

If a seat on the plane to Brazil next summer doesn’t motivate you, what will? If Didier Deschamps’ side do qualify, we will have a host of players at the club fighting to play in a World Cup, which can only be a good thing for Newcastle. It was highlighted earlier in the season that Cabaye and Newcastle needed each other after Deschamps sent out a clear message by dropping the midfielder following his strike, a message that should be engrained in the mind of any player hoping to put themselves in contention to play on the grandest stage of them all.

You don’t have to dig out the berets from last season’s French day win against Southampton, but let’s get behind the lads and pray the French four come back injury-free, because it could be key to Newcastle’s success this season.