Growing Calls For Newcastle’s Ben Arfa To Play In Euros

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.”

And after every good performance for Newcatsle the manager Alan pardew has always oput in a word for huis mercurial playerm whom Aklan seems tio have handled superbly this seoans, and is certianly now getting the ebxt best out of the 25 year-old when it matters most:

“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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    A part of me hopes he doesn’t get picked, for fear of injury.

  • toonincheek

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Pardew has been working on improving HBAs image in France.
    All credit to AP for that.

  • martoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Re. Adam Johnson discussion on previous blog – somebody yesterday said he is currently on about £90k per week. No way will we match that and to be honest he’s not worth it.


    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    it seems that pardew is visiting France frequently now a days especially lille s matches Joe Cole confirms it

  • martoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Wor Shearer @1 agreed, also if he performs well on such a big stage then we may get stupid bids from money bags clubs like PSG etc.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    They’d have to be mad not to select him.

  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    What a GODLIKE player he will get better and better i am sure….

    I understand the worry for injuries I have the worry too…. I hope if he gets picked he will be unscathed… But I somehow doubt he will be picked….dont know if he is part of the methodology of France now…

  • Pecorino ( will let you figure it out)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Wonder who we are after in france? if Pardew is there….

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    We’ve got Jonas, Sammy, Marveaux, Ferguson & Obertan I can’t see us selling any of them so I can’t see us buying another winger.

    If we continue to play 433 the lads mentioned above won’t be getting many starts.

    If we do play 442 where does HBA fit in? He’s not a winger.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Here’s the deal I think will happen for Nufc this summer
    Virgil van dijk already done IMO
    Douglas Already done IMO
    Amalfitano already done IMO
    Knockaert already done IMO
    Butterfield already done IMO
    Then I am hoping for someone like belhanda, martins, mirallas

  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I think Pards knows the mindset of the French managers – name me one who likes to be told who to select! They also tend to keep clear of NE England. It’ll be a while before HBA plays any meaningful part in the French squad. Could be wrong though 🙂

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Johnson could take a pay cut, to play in the best team of EPL? Couldn’t he? If not he could sit on the bench somewhere else. Hmm.. I know he plays same position as HBA, but we could play him in RW and HBA behind the striker, Marveaux or Demba LW or We also could play Johnson at RWB position. Actually there is plenty of options, don’t forget suspentions and so on.. Also i think Fergie has a potencial and that would be harsh on him as he is so close to first team..

  • stephen1971

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    davybtoon where the fk is your mind,, i know where in dreamland but your living with the carebears i think, we might get a few signings but i don,t think we,ll get 5 good signings unless we lose a few players like ba, guthrie and simmo,
    as for the hba recall then i,d love to see it, every player loves to play for his country and it would be a great confidennce booster for him, well done so far but lets not get carried away, if his defending can sharpen up then he,ll be a top top player

  • ady

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #14

    lol @ stephen i agree with u i think toon is lost a bit infact more then a bit but i would like to see petiers,douglas,hoilett and moses in the team to good defender and 1 striket and mid i think we need bit more speed up front only player we got speed is hbf shola i think some time is sleeping while he is playing he is that slow

  • JDdubai

    Apr 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    I reckon we still need Hoilett in the team to play left attacker in a 4-3-3. Ba doesnt work there, he is a top centre forward but only an ok left attacker, we need someone more athletic and can dribble on that side to mirror what HBA does on the right, Hoilett fits the bill perfectly and works back too.

    Cisse should be left up front and not switching with Ba to make Ba feel better, it wastes the most clinical finisher in the league to have him tracking bak at left back.

    And dont simply say we have Marveaux to play on the left, when he completes a season injury free then fine, however he is as injury prone as Dyer ever was and we cant rely on him being fit next season as I suspect he will again miss a lot of games. He needs a season to get properly into shape, being used as HBA was after his injury.

  • stephen1971

    Apr 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    hoillet pieters and douglas sounds realistic and a striker if ba leaves which i think is a real possibility with his body language at the minute (hope i,m wrong)

  • mickg108

    Apr 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    ED,,the reason the F.A never charged Balotelli,was the Referee seen the incident,,allegedly..

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s one of the best players on the ball that there is. As proven can actually take half a team on by himself. He’s still young enough to fit into a squad and build a reputation and cement his spot. He deserves a shot at it. If N’zogbia can get a chance playing average football at average Villa, then why not.


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