Newcastle star talks up Liverpool defender's leadership qualities - Next Reds captain?

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Newcastle United and France right-back Mathieu Debuchy praised France stand-in captain Mamadou Sakho, stating: 'He is a very good captain.'

In the absence of the Tottenham Hotspur number one, Hugo Lloris, it was down to Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho to lead his countrymen out in a pre-World Cup friendly against Norway.

'It's a mix of things,' said Deschamps prior to the game on the subject of Sakho being named captain.

'What he does on the field and also what he gives off the pitch. It's something natural about him, and I don't want [the captaincy] to burden him - in fact, quite the opposite.'

To many, the choice to make Sakho captain came as quite a shock as he was even chosen ahead of former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra on the night.

Nevertheless, the former PSG defender must have done something right on the night, because he lead a rampant France to a 4-0 victory. A result which flexes the French muscles in the build-up to the highly-anticipated tournament which is just a small number of days away.

After the game, Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy also praised the Liverpool man's leadership, commenting: 'He does not talk much, but he said good things, wisely.

'On the ground, during the game, he talked a little more, he directed us very well.

'He is a very good captain.'

Although he has had to be content with a place on the bench at times. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old should be confident he can have a better year at Anfield  next-term as he looks to enter his first full-season at the club.

And who knows, when Steven Gerrard finally hands his boots up at Anfield, it may even give Sakho the chance to prove his leadership at club level, as well as at an international level.

He certainly has the quality to become a firm fixture in the Liverpool first-team, and the ultimate honour can't be ruled out for club if he has already achieved it for country.

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