Ben Arfa And Yohan Cabaye In Provisional French Euro Squad


Hatem Ben Arfa has been named by France manager Laurent Blanc, along with his Newcastle team-mate, Yohan Cabaye, in his preliminary European Championship squad of players playing outside of France.

Mercurial French winger Ben Arfa in provisional French Squad

Laurent will announce the provisional squad in two pieces if you like, and this squad is those French players who are based abroad.

The mercurial winger Ben Arfa has shown some fantastic form in Newcastle’s colors this year, and the lad has scored six goals and has seven assists in 29 appearances this season for the Magpies.

And two of those goals, against Bolton and Blackburn at St. James’ Park, where he got the ball inside his own half and ran through to score,  are candidates for goal of the season.

Ben Arfa  won the last of his seven caps in a 3-1 win over Tunisia back in 2008, and he has been included in the dozen players from abroad named today, and the list also includes Newcastle’s top central midfielder Yohan  Cabaye.

Both Cabaye and Ben Arfa have been instrumental in the resurgence of Newcastle United this season, with the team 5th top of the Premier League, and just 2 points off 3rd place with one game to play.

Blanc has until May 29th to choose his final 23-man squad, and he will name his preliminary squad of  French Ligue 1 based players next Tuesday.

Eight of the players named by Blanc today play in the English Premier League, the world’s top football league.

France’s Preliminary squad of players based abroad is as follows:

Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia).
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).



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196 comments so far

  • AMEOBI

    May 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Fantastic news well deserved to both and know HBA was dying for this chance, well chuffed

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  • Tsunki

    May 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Good. It will make them better. Hopefully not injured though 😉

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  • check the toastie

    May 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Brilliant for Benny and gud news for the club as well, shows players can continue to be recognised by their country even though they play for such a ‘small’ club as our biased southern media wud have you believe.

    Gud for summer recruitment when Benny and Yohan start chatting to their pals about how gud the north east of england is to ply their trade.

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  • Shearer.Milburn

    May 9, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Congratulations to both!!! Fantastic news!!!

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  • DK HWTL

    May 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Ben Arfa should be brimming with confidence after that selection. Look at the other two forwards chosen: Ribery and Benzema. Those training sessions will be invaluable experience for HBA, and for Cabaye, who got the recent cap in Germany. I think Yohan will be in the starting XI.

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Any coach would be mad to leave HBA out, and as for Cabaye….no need for words.

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #7

    My betting for our next Benton grown England international is Remmie Streete.

    Any other suggestions?

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  • Crawfordladd17

    May 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #8

    I am a Northern Ireland fan and from there but France should be up there along with England, Spain and Argentina who teams, squads are much better than Uruguay Germany and Holland, I think Holland only really have 5 players the rest r nothing special

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  • check the toastie

    May 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Wor – Young Sammi Ameobi will be the next English sensation, gets capped next year, he is the new Chrissy Waddle mark my words, gave Clichy more problems at the Etihad than Benny did at St James, mark my words the boy will be class when he fills out a bit and increases his power, the new Drogba, have i gone too far?

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  • jayphoto

    May 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Wor shearer – my bets either Sammy ameobi or Fraser Forster! Sammy plays a posistion England have traditionally struggled with in left midfield and was impressive in training and game when called upto the u21s where he was the youngest player! Forster because he’s played champions league at Celtic and after Joe hart, there’s no top English keepers coming thru!

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  • check the toastie

    May 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #11

    For me England currently lack some real creativity, i wud think we will be going into the Euros with Pardiola’s swansea away gameplan, might not be pretty but currently might be the only way to progress IMO.

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #12

    I really hope that’s true!

    But Sammy’s got more competition on the wings than Streete does at CB (although he’s years off, obviously)

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  • ENGLISH PLAYERS 4 TOON

    May 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Wish we were developing young english talent at our club, i understand british players are overpriced but with our proposed squad overhaul i worry people aint fussed about pitching a starting 11 without any english players in it?????? any views people???

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  • Charlietoon

    May 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Congrats to Ben Arfa in particular. It’s good to be part of a club where if you excel you are seen as worthy of being an international. 90% of the players who get final selection will be from top 5 squads and now that we are part of that group younger and better players will want to come to us the play on the St James stage and earn recognition and respect in the game. It’s a far cry from the laughing stock we were a few years ago splashing out tons of cash and average unmotivated players.

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t care about English players generally, only if they’re grown locally (and organically….?).

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  • jayphoto

    May 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Its harder for the toon to bring thru top English youngsters as half our catchment area is the north sea lol but think they’ve changed the rules recently! Personally aslong as we have 11 players on the pitch playing they’re heart out for the shirt im not bothered where they come from! Id take a Ben arfa over a Joe cole or a downing any day! Tiote over a cattermole or spearing etc

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #18

    For example….I can’t stand the England squad (the one from WC).

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  • Charlietoon

    May 9, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19

    EP4T – I can see us maybe grabbing a few up and coming kids from the Championship. If we could get a few Oxford Chamberlains in I’d not mind. We are going to lose a few so I certainly hope we replace them. Johnson from Man C can come if he likes.

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    I can’t support a team with Terry, Lampard, Cole etc., makes my blood boil.

    But I would happily support Carrol in an England top.

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Torn between England and france. Dont know who to support in the euros. Cant wait to watch HBA play for france!

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #22

    @6,
    Be careful there. Are you insinuating that AP was temporarily ‘mad’, till just 5 games ago? Because another French player was ahead of him in team selection, until recently!

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    @cyprus

    On current form, obviously. Not while he was getting up to strength, but that’s all history now.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Two players that would grace any side, HBA able to change a game in a second and Cabaye is one of the most consistent players France could pick

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Wor Shearer,
    on another matter, like the fact you will support Carroll in an England top, so would I. Great goal in the cup final, the lad nearly turned the whole thing around single-handedly

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  • check the toastie

    May 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Wor – totally agree with the current England squad, need somebody in charge who cleanses it of all the big time charlies, (Terry, Barry, Ferdinand, Lampard, Crouch, etc.) who have actually been sh1te soo many times in an england shirt it is unreal, our media stinks in the way it supports these failures.

    Wud love to send a predominantly under 25 team, maybe Gerrard captain with Cole going as unfortunately he is still world class. And wud agree hope Big Andy goes as when he is on his game he is a real handful.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Carroll for the Euro’s is a no brainer, he is still one of the biggest prospects in English football, he has suffer for the past 18months simply cause he’s been playing for a manager who is clueless

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  • davybtoon

    May 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #28

    We have Swiss youngster Valentin gjokoj on trial n sammi apparently saying on twitter we have another French lad on trial

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  • clinath@ed

    May 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

    that’s “both”….I don’t mean to infer that they need washing….tw@!

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  • SwedishMagpie

    May 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Ben Arfa—————-Ribery
    —————Benzema———-
    😮

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    May 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Dont agree @ 26. Gerrard is past it. He has hardly ever performed for england.

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  • Wor Shearer

    May 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    @JB

    It’s not just that mate. Aye, Dogleash is shocking but AC can’t use that as a full defence because he’s been playing REALLY badly this year also.

    I think it’s also the £35m pressure on top of the fact that he didn’t realised how the Geordie fans would react, I think it got to him.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #33

    yorkshire_magpie – And thats whats wrong with England, Gerrard and Lampard more often than not play together but neither have done anything

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #34

    Did this guy
    “Ciaran Gowan
    (Featured Columnist) on January 24, 2012)”
    make some predictions or what! check out his article / slide show:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1032093-papiss-cisse-10-things-to-expect-from-newcastles-new-signing#/articles/1032093-papiss-cisse-10-things-to-expect-from-newcastles-new-signing

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Wor Shearer – To be honest I don’t think that Liverpool play to his strengths and thats where KD has failed, you don’t spend 35mil on a player and then play a style of football that does not play to Carroll’s strengths, I still believe that played in the right team he would be a massive player who will score plenty of goals, but Dagleish is turning Anfield into a grave yard for promising young Englishmen

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Agree with yorkshire regarding Gerrard, look at Liverpool since he came back. Even Lamps has been better in an England shirt. Both of them together? A disaster!

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #37

    JB,
    Agree. Don’t know how old you are, but dalglish single-handedly ruined the ‘Entertainers’ in one masterstroke!

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  • cyprus

    May 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Although,
    in grudging honesty, they aren’t a poor side. They’ve hit the post like fifty times this season! Hitting the post is not poor football, 90% of the time.

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  • JackButler

    May 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #39

    cyprus – I remember the day we signed Des Hamilton, Paul Dagleish, Gary Brady, Ian Pierce, John Barnes and lets not forget Stephane Guivarc’h all at the expense of Peter Beardsley, Lee Clark, Les Ferdinand and David Ginola, will never forgive him for destroying a great side

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  • norwegianmagpie

    May 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #40

    I think Ben Arfa just started an official profile on twitter @Benarfaofficial. Does anyone know any good people to follow on twitter for news on Newcastle? Rumors and stuff? My profile is @COlsenRuud btw

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