It was yet another shocker from Moussa Sissoko on Friday night as he got a shock recall for France.

Having been dropped from his country’s squad after being sidelined by Tottenham, the £30m midfielder was chosen for his first start for France in seven months.

Mauricio Pochettino had only given Moussa Sissoko eight Premier League starts all season, two since December, and Didier Deschamps (and French football fans) will be wondering why on earth the former Newcastle player got a game ahead of quality players such as Kante, Mbappe and others.

Despite Olivier Giroud giving France a 37th minute lead with a stunning volley, Durmaz (43′ minutes) and Toivonen (90’+3 minutes) won a dramatic victory for Sweden.

Having looked comfortable qualifiers for the World Cup finals in Russia, this result has moved the goalposts.

Sweden have gone ahead of France at the top, although the pair are level on points, whilst Holland won 5-0 against Luxembourg to move only three points behind the top two. Wijnaldum scored (at home naturally!) for the Dutch, this was the first game under the management team of former Sunderland & Newcastle bosses Advocaat and Gullit.

As for France, Moussa Sissoko was often called Didier Deschamps’ pet player because he used to make the France squad no matter how he was playing for club and country, and now the national head coach will be under some pressure after selecting the Spurs player.

Hugo Lloris made a massive error for the winner when giving Toivonen the chance to score from distance but Moussa Sissoko shared bottom billing with his Tottenham teammate.

Respected media outlet GFFN gave both Sissoko and Lloris only 4 out of 10 for last night’s match and they accused the one-time Newcastle of ‘failing to turn up’.

They added: ‘Looked a little bit out of place and was needlessly clumsy… didn’t produce anything of note’.

GFFN (Get French Football News):

France played out a painfully sluggish game in Stockholm and failed to bring home what could have been a vital three points. Team selection may have been the issue, with players such as Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann failing to turn up on the night.

Moussa Sissoko – 4

Looked a little bit out of place and was needlessly clumsy on a fair few occasions. He linked up well with Sidibe down the right flank but didn’t produce anything of note.

Hugo Lloris – 4

Djibril Sidibé – 5

Laurent Koscielny – 6

Raphael Varane – 6

Benjamin Mendy – 6

Blaise Matuidi – 5

Paul Pogba – 7

Moussa Sissoko – 4

Dimitri Payet  – 5

Antoine Griezmann – 4.5

Olivier Giroud – 7.5


Kylian Mbappé – 7

Thomas Lemar – 7  

  • Steve Smith

    He needs to ask Lloris for tips on making assists.

  • Kevin Brown

    Looks like he wasn’t alone, most of the team didn’t turn up either,

  • Whickhamrobbie

    who cares ? what does prutton think ? will you
    leave it FFS .

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Prutton`s tipped him to score the winner against England

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha it is funny though, we got £30m for a one game a season player. Let’s hope Senegal make it far in the african cup. Mohammed might be worth a few quid?

  • Mark

    What is the obsession with sissoko? He is not a Newcastle player and hasn’t been for a year. It looks really sad and bitter that the mag keeps on about him. He’s gone and good riddance but that should be it, move on!

  • The Nut Job

    a legend in his own mirror

  • Wor Lass

    Actually, who cares?

  • Tony Mann

    Stated in another post that our mentality with this [email protected] is bordering on obsession – he gets more page space than any current toon player ! Gtoon gave an eloquent alternative explanation of this obsession but I maintain that as this is an Toon website, this SPURS ‘player’ is not worthy of any further comment. It really is time to move on and as Wor Lass says – who actually cares ?

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    What’s this got to do with NUFC?