Laurent Blanc – Ben Arfa In Contention For French Squad


France manager Laurent Blanc has said that Newcastle’s Ben Arfa has played himself back in contention for the French squad,  for the Euro 2012 Championships to be held in Poland and the Ukraine mostly in June, with the final being played on July 1st.

Ben Arfa in action yesterday challenging French compatriot Gael Clichy

Ben Arfa is now 25, and won the last of his eight caps in August of 2010, months before suffering his double leg fracture in early October of 2010.

Alan Pardew has recently been singing the praises of the French maestro, and Alan seems to have made him into a more complete  player.  That’s because he has to track back and work hard to get into any Newcastle side that Alan selects.

The France manager has said Ben Arfa is back in contention,  but it hadn’t gone unnoticed that Ben Arfa was not a starter in the first half of the season.

This is what Blanc told TF1’s Telefoot program:

“I have not waited until his most recent performances to start following Hatem.” “I can remember when he was recovering from his injury at France’s national training center, Clairefontaine and nobody was thinking about Hatem Ben Arfa” (we were).

“We know he has great talent, this is not something that we have discovered in the last three games. “It is very nice of his coach Alan Pardew to say that Laurent Blanc should take him to the Euros but he rarely picked him at the start of the season.”

“He waited a long time before picking him, but now I would say he has become a contender again.”

Blanc will name his initial list of foreign-based players selected for the squad on May 9th, and then 6 days later he will announce the home based candidates.

And then a final list of the 23 players will be named by the UEFA deadline date of May 29th, three weeks tomorrow, and we will hope that both Yohan Cabaye and Hatem  Ben Arfa are in that squad.

France’s first game in the tournament in Group D is against England on May 11th, at the Donbass Arena, in Donetsk in the Ukraine.

That should be some game in Roy Hodgson’s competitive debut as the new England manager.

Looks like an easy win for England? 😀

Comments welcome.



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68 comments so far

  • Dimitri

    May 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Reading between the lines, Blanc’s getting sacked before the Euros

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  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    May 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Deserves it.

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  • Dimitri

    May 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #3

    When was the last time we had 2 Newcastle players in the French squad?

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  • GeordieGesus

    May 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    England playing France in 2 days? Looking forward to that game… !

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  • GeordieGesus

    May 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    *Sorry. 4 days.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    rich toon fan,

    i dont play for a club side

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  • Ben_BKK

    May 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Has anyone else seen Vertonghen talking about us? It’s with regards to a story about him not being sure about moving to Spurs, and he says “In England, there is a growing realisation that you can go far with good football. Arsenal started it and now you also see clubs like Newcastle United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur playing good football.”

    Reading between the lines, we’re buying Vertonghen 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Verthongen is a toon fan as well

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    May 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #9

    @Dmitri

    Stephane Guivarch and Didier Domi? LOL

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  • Klatoon

    May 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll be supporting France and this is my team

    Lloris
    Debuchy Rami Mexes Evra
    M’villa
    Cabaye Gourcouff
    HBA Ribery
    Benzema

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Klatoon

    No NASRI

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  • Klatoon

    May 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes no Nasri, Menez, Belhanda, Lass, Alou Diarra (Bench)

    thats just me, sure Blanc has other ideas 🙂

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Taken from another blog: Anyone think it’s genuine?
    Vincent Kompany ? @VincentKompany
    Don’t let the “big four” fool you, Newcastle are cormfortabely amongst the best in the league. No leaving St. James without bruises. #Fact

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  • Klatoon

    May 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Lol, Belhanda is Moroccan 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Klatoon

    Belhanda is morrocon, so i ll pardon you there

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #16

    magpie6699 // May 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    How does it matter

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  • level7wonder

    May 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #17

    magpie 6699:
    https://twitter.com/#!/vincentkompany
    Very geniune
    I think people are starting to give us some respect

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Indian – dat’s well respect man if it’s genuine!

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  • Gylfi As Charged

    May 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    What do you mean is it genuine? Of course it is. If not, someone is doing a very good job of duping 243,000 people into following them.

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  • StuW

    May 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    If HBA is in France squad, I don’t fancy England’s chances against France!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Klatoon

    Mexes over Sakho

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  • ImightBe Wrong

    May 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Benny will want to impress against Everton then 🙂

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #23

    I think France are really unlucky that Sessgnon plays for Benin – LOL!

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #24

    oooo a cud crush a grape

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  • Klatoon

    May 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Mexes edges him on experience, they’ll need that to contain Rami’s gung-ho style.

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  • munch27

    May 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #26

    English born and Geordie by the grace of god so unfortunately i’ll be booing Benny and Cabaye , well until we get knocked out ;).
    Yesterdays game was a tetchy nervous affair and Toure did to us what Cisse did to chelski simple as that .The Lap of Honor brought a tear to the eye good to see most of our players are family men or very religous (no more thugs or gobshites) , how proud of thier dad must Pardews kids have been yesterday after all my dad never had 52000 ppl singing his name.

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  • Ben_BKK

    May 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #27

    No one with any comments on the Vertonghen quotes?

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  • Shane

    May 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Great to see Kompany’s tweet! 🙂

    One of the best CB’s in world football paying us a great respect!

    We gave such a good account of ourselves yesterday. So proud of the team. Holding back and then using our passing football and pace to attack was the perfect game plan. We did not win but on another day we could have.

    Haway the lads!

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #29

    For those who missed it….

    Vincent Kompany ? @VincentKompany
    Don’t let the “big four” fool you, Newcastle are cormfortabely amongst the best in the league. No leaving St. James without bruises. #Fact

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  • magpie6699

    May 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Ben-BKK – nice to hear his comments – but reading between the lines he’ll go to Arsenal for CL for sure unless everything goes our way and we make CL. There’s also the fee which may be out of our plans.

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Reading between the lines Kompany wants to come and sign for Newcastle because he doesnt like playing against us! and he has also reccommended his mate Vertonghen to sign for us aswell

    ————–Krul
    –Kompany-Colo-Vertonghen
    Santon—————————Jonas
    ————Cabaye-Tiote
    ——–Benny—Cisse—Ba

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #32

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11675/7737499/Vertonghen-I-have-a-choice

    Thats Vertonghens interview thing.. would love him to sign be awesome especially for only £7million but a think he’ll go to Arsenal but well you never know we seem to be a talking point in all of europe just now and weve suprised everyone.. All i know is if we sign a solid CB and a Solid LB or RB then we’ll be so much better next season.. Ba and Cisse are starting to gel together abit more aswell so next season we could realistcally have them as the main firing line so neither are being forced to drift out wide and Ben Arfa will be the floater behind them doing everything similar to the role David Silva has

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  • Ben_BKK

    May 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #33

    I also don’t think he’ll join us, mainly cause he’d cost a lot and simply the fact that the players we end up signing are ones that never came up in media speculation beforehand.

    It’s nice that we get linked to players of his calibre though and that he mentions us alongside the likes of Arsenal and Man City!

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #34

    BTW, them quotes from Kompany are real, thats his real twitter account its got one of those blue ticks

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  • Spuggy

    May 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #35

    And hats of to him for alling it st james!

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  • Ben_BKK

    May 7, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Spuggy – even Derek Llambias has admitted him and Mike still call in St James’ 😛

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Btw did anyone else notice that Danny Guthrie wasnt there yday? didnt do the lap of honour or anything… Simpson had a protective boot on his foot aswell

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  • supatoonkid

    May 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Vertonghan is good but rather have Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as he’ll be cheaper, he’s younger, versatile & quicker also he’s got great leadership skills as he’s captain of Montpellier. Vive Le Francais Revolution de Le Toon

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  • Toon-Barmy

    May 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve been trying to figure out how much our current team is actually worth, compared to the likes of Man City, Chelsea etc, this is what i’ve come up with:

    Krul – £177,000 (Compensation)
    Elliot – £300,000
    Harper – Nominal fee

    Simpson – £750,000
    R. Taylor – Unknown (P/E with N’Zogbia)
    Santon – £5,300,000
    Ferguson – Academy graduate
    S. Taylor – Academy graduate
    Coloccini – £10,300,000
    Williamson – £1,000,000 (tbc)
    Perch – £1,000,000
    Tavernier – Academy graduate

    Obertan – £3,250,000 (Some reports claim the fee was £2,000,000)
    Ben Arfa – £5,500,000
    Cabaye – £4,300,000
    Tiote – £3,500,000
    Jonas – £7,000,000 (tbc)
    Marveaux – Free transfer
    Guthrie – £2,500,000
    Gosling – Free transfer
    Vuckic – £400,000 (tbc)
    Abeid – Free transfer
    Sam. Ameobi – Academy graduate

    Ba – Free transfer
    Cisse – £8,000,000
    Sho. Ameobi – Academy graduate
    Best – £2,000,000 (tbc)
    Lovenkrands – Free transfer

    My maths isn’t great but I make that £55,277,000.
    That’s just over £5m more than Chelsea paid for 1 player (Fernando Torres). Its also around the same amount that Liverpool paid for just two players (Carroll & Henderson), it just shows how well we’ve done in the transfer market in recent years.

    ** Not included in the list are:
    Xisco – £5,700,000
    Smith – £6,000,000
    Ranger – Free transfer
    Forster – Academy graduate
    Kadar – tbc

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 7, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #40

    Ad personally rather have Alderweireld unreal and has a fooking beast of a right foot, only problem though is he is a long ball speciallist which isnt really our game anymore well.. he’s awesome in the air aswell

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