I want to play with my friend Mbappe in the World Cup! Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin unveils France’s 2026 goal after injury dashed hopes of a call to Qatar
- The 25-year-old Newcastle winger was competing for France’s World Cup squad.
- Injury issues, however, dashed hopes of Didier Deschamps’ call-up to Qatar.
- Saint-Maximin is now aiming for the next World Cup to be held in North America in 2026
- He hopes to play alongside his friends Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.
- Saint-Maximin has yet to play for the France national team.
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Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin has set his sights on partnering with his friend Kylian Mbappe on France’s forward line at the 2026 World Cup.
The 25-year-old had been terrorizing the defenses for Toon for a while and was running for the Qatar World Cup calls until he suffered an injury remission.
France advanced to the final, losing to Argentina on penalties, and there will likely be a few changes to the squad before the next World Cup.
Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United is focused on playing for France in the next World Cup to be held in North America in 2026.
The flying winger has never appeared for France at a senior level, but hopes to play alongside Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele on their offense soon.
Olivier Giroud is leading the line in Qatar, but Karim Benzema, 36, 35, is unlikely to be reintroduced.
This could open the door for Saint-Maximin, who represents France down to the under-21 level, but not for the seniors – and is already close to star forward Mbappe as well as Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Thuram.
“Playing for France means everything to me,” he told The Sun.
I hope one day I will have a chance to show my qualifications for Les Bleus. Of course it won’t be easy. Everyone saw the character of the players in the World Cup final, and it’s a team full of talent.
Kylian Mbappe won the Golden Boot at the World Cup, but France fell behind in the final.
But if I continue to work hard and play well for Newcastle I hope to get noticed.
‘It’s not like I’m in a small club. We’re third in the best league in the world, so we can only help.’
I really don’t know how close I am to the election. There was talk of a call-up earlier this season, but I came back from injury just two weeks before the World Cup kicked off and it wasn’t good enough to be in the squad.
“I believe I am good enough to play with friends in the national team.”
Saint-Maximin at work as he returns to competitive action with Newcastle after the World Cup, where they beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup
Saint-Maximin returned to competition 33 minutes from the bench after a World Cup break in Newcastle’s fourth-round win of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Eddie Howe’s men travel to Leicester City on Boxing Day and then host Leeds United on New Year’s Eve.