A midfielder blessed with all-round skill and excellent vision, Yohan Cabaye is just as comfortable spraying around passes as he is looking to make the difference courtesy of his ball-striking ability.

Originally from the north of France, Cabaye kicked off his professional career with Lille in 2004, and he was a driving force as the club forced their way back into the forefront of the French and European game. Having helped them clinch a league and cup double in 2011, he then left Les Dogues to try his luck in the Premier League with Newcastle.

Cabaye's talent, consistency and moments of inspiration quickly earned him recognition as the Magpies' most important player, and they also made him an extremely popular figure with supporters. Unsurprisingly, those fans were left saddened when their hero was lured back to France by Paris Saint-Germain in January this year.

It was a bold move by the box-to-box midfielder, who opted to fight for his place in a squad brimming with quality just a few months ahead of the FIFA World Cup™. On the other hand, the transfer reunited him with Laurent Blanc, the coach who first brought him into the France set-up soon after taking over in 2010. Since his debut, Cabaye has proved a dependable presence for Les Bleus, most notably shining alongside Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba as France saw off play-off rivals Ukraine 3-0 to book their ticket to Brazil on 19 November 2013.