Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SEB CAN BE A WORLD CUP STAR; Coloccini Backs Centre Back Partner Bassong

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SEB CAN BE A WORLD CUP STAR; Coloccini Backs Centre Back Partner Bassong

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Byline: By NEIL FARRINGTON

FABRICIO COLOCCINI believes he and Newcastle centre-back buddy Sebastien Bassong may be opponents next year . . . at the World Cup.

Coloccini is tipping his in-form United defensive partner to break into the France squad this season and hold down a place going into South Africa 2010.

With Colo intent on recapturing his place in the Argentina set-up, he is relishing the possibility of putting one over his fellow Magpie on the biggest stage of all.

While Coloccini arrived at St James's Park from Deportivo La Coruna last summer to all the fanfare of a pounds 10 million-plus move, Bassong sneaked in almost unnoticed from Metz for a small fraction of that sum.

However, the 22-year-old Parisien has proved the shining light in a season of gloom on Tyneside, with a string of composed performances preventing struggling Newcastle from plumbing to even lower depths.

Coloccini said: "Seb has been our best player. I don't know about the whole season, but in our last 10 or 12 games he has been very, very good.

"I had not heard of him before he came here. When I look at how well he has done, it is a big surprise.

"Today, I asked him if he has played for France.

"He said no, but I think in the next two or three months he will.

"Maybe I will play against him in the World Cup next year. I hope so, because he is a great player and a good person."

Coloccini's hopes of starring in South Africa were dented when he was dropped from Argentina's squad for last month's friendly against France.

The 27-year-old is confident Newcastle - by surviving relegation and then making forward strides next season - can still be his platform for international success.

He added: "I hope this season is unusual. Next year, the team should do better, as we have lots of good players here. …

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