Norwich City captain Seb Bassong believes helping the Canaries to Premier League safety this season can help his bid to make Cameroon’s World Cup squad for Brazil.

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The 27-year-old has not featured since the last World Cup in South Africa for the ‘Indomitable Lions’ but Bassong revealed he has not given up hope of a late call-up. Cameroon have been drawn in group A with the hosts, Croatia and Mexico but the central defender knows he needs to be performing well for his club.

“It’s a big year for me because I’ve been in and out of the national team. I need to play my way back in during the rest of the season,” he said. “Going to a World Cup is so good for any player - and particularly one in Brazil. We’ve had some tough games (at Norwich) against the big teams and it is really important to get results against those who are around you. Manchester City are unbelievable at home. I was hoping the game would finish after half an hour They were fantastic.

“We’ve played Chelsea, Arsenal and a few others. I’m not saying that we should have won against Arsenal - but we could have won. Arsenal are always good, play really good football and have more experience than last season. Last season we struggled for goals but we finished in mid-table, we bought strikers in the summer and have given ourselves a good chance of doing well this season. If we win the games against the teams around us then it will put us in a good position.”

Bassong, speaking to the Daily Mirror, is relishing the responsiblity of leading the Canaries after Chris Hughton made him team captain at the start of this sesaon following a debut campaign in Norfolk that saw him crowned the supporters’ player-of-the-year.

“When the gaffer came and asked me if I was ready for the captaincy, I thought he meant in the future,” he said. “But to get it now full-time was a huge honour. I like to be the leader whether you’ve got the armband or not because I’m not a quiet one.”

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6 comments

  • Im a massive Bassong fan. Cant deny he hasnt been assured as last season though. For the first half of last season we looked defensively sound under Hughton while Bassong was playing. During the 2nd half of the season we looked like we would fold without him being in the team regardless who else played. This season we've just looked shocking as a whole and I cant help but think the Captains arm band has effected him. Watch last seasons clips compared to this season. This season during build ups to goals hes too focused on constantly looking around at everyone else ensuring there focused that its effecting his own focus and were making silly mistakes. Only problem is nobody else in my eyes fits the captain role, at least nobody who is a key player guarenteed to start each week. Not a I want Grant Holt back comment but we miss a big character like him.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Mattias, I suspect the captaincy problem is partly rooted in the valuation given to that role by the current manager. When CH arrived, he prevaricated about whether or not Holty would continue as captain and implied quite clearly that he didn`t consider it a particularly important issue. I suspect our then Talisman saw it quite differently. Now, post Holty, we have the Two-Headed Captain, neither of whom seems to be very `captain like` on the pitch. We had the awful sight of Snodgrass keeping the ball, like a schoolboy in the playground, when the managers` nominated penalty-taker (well, WAS it RvW, Hoots??) wished to take a penalty kick. That wouldn`t have happened with a Holt-style captain on the pitch. Specially if a Holt-style captain was the designated penalty taker! Jokes and images of remote-control robot footballers, Subbuteo and rigid lines of players suspended from rotating rods conjure up a picture of an inadequate control-freak afraid of his authority being threatened by a mere player (Snodgrass excepted), a bit like the Wizard of Oz. Holt was his manager`s Field Marshall; I bet he and Lambo didn`t always see eye to eye but they weren`t afraid to work together. Other past captains, like Big Dunc and Malky were similarly influential characters. What to people think? Is an influential Captain important to a team? Like Mattias, I cannot see an obvious candidate at the moment.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • If you play like you did last season then you can. Get to it Herr Kapitan!

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Up your game then Seb, start by handing back that armband and just focus on your CB role.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • "If we win the games against teams around us, then we will be in a good position". So far, 3 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses. Reasonable performance so far, need to convert more draws into wins.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I,m hoping our new loanee is a leader. OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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