Hatem Ben Arfa hasn’t played for France in 20 months.
Ben Arfa – calls to be included in French squad
Indeed, ever since he came to Newcastle he has never been selected in the French squad, and the last of his eight caps was against Norway in August of 2010.
That’s about the time he traveled over to Newcastle himself, in an attempt to force through a move to Newcastle, from his former club Marseilles when he was having problems with their manager Didier Deschamps.
But it’s not surprising, given the form this lad has been in for Newcastle this season and since the turn of the year in particular, that there are now growing calls for him to be included in the French squad.
France play England on June 11th in the European Championships, and of course who the England manager will be then, and who’s watching England players in order to pick the side for that tournament, we have no idea.
Nobody could be the answer, and it says something about just how poor the English FA are, that England have managed to be without a manager for some two months now, since they parted company with Fabio Capello in early February.
The FA have only this week refused to charge Mario Balotelli for the terrible tackle on Arsenal’s Alex Song last Sunday, for reasons that are only known within the FA.
For one of the weakest organizations we have ever known, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that they seem to have done absolutely nothing over the last two months to appoint an England manager.
France play in Donetsk in the Ukraine on June 11th, and former France coach and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has said that Newcastle’s Ben Arfa should be in the French squad because of his outstanding performances for Newcastle.
Patrick Viera, the former Arsenal and France great, and now Manchester City’s Football Development Director, has called on Ben Arfa to be included:
“Ben Arfa deserves to go to the Euros. The way he is playing, he has a very strong claim.”
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“He should definitely have a chance with the French squad,’’ “There are not many players who can do what he did against Bolton. He has magic in his feet.”
“But the French coach needs to understand that not only does he score goals like that, his work- rate was phenomenal.”
“It is not just about Hatem. It’s about the team and he understands that.” “His contribution has been outstanding and he’s been a very big part of this great period we’ve had.”
It’s not only Ben Arfa who is getting the headlines but Newcastle are getting some great publicity for their play this season and their latest surge of 5 wins in a row.
Arsenal won last night against Wolves, who will almost certainly be relegated, and have only one point under new manager Terry Connor in eight games, and that was the 2-2 draw in his first game in charge at St. James’ Park on February 25th.
Spurs and Newcastle are now 5 points behind 3rd placed Arsenal, and Newcastle lie in 5th place and two points ahead of Chelsea.
Newcastle’s reputation in France cannot have been higher than it is now, and that should stand us in very good stead in the summer transfer market, and Newcastle manager will be given funds to build the squad so we can challenge for top four next season.
We expect Ben Arfa to be included in the French squad this summer, but he’s not finished for Newcastle yet, with five important games still to be played in the league this season.