Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye admits he feared for his France place after missing out on a move to Arsenal.

The 27-year-old was overlooked by France coach Didier Deschamps for a friendly against Belgium due to his lack of fitness in August, and he was also left out of World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia last month.

Asked if he had been worried about his future with the national team, Cabaye replied "yes, of course" and "it wasn't easy staying at home."

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