Yohan Cabaye played the first 52 minutes last night for France at Le Mans, when the home country easily beat Estonia 4-0.
Ben Arfa – in action for France
Estonia are ranked 57th in the latest FIFA rankings just released, with France 14th and England have moved up one place to 6th place.
And the goals were really good to watch last night, and they came from Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, a brace form Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, and a late goal from Menez to complete the easy victory.
Newcastle’s Ben Arfa was again a substitute and was introduced with about 20 minutes to go, for his 11th cap for France, and it looks like Newcastle manager Laurent Blanc will use Ben Arfa as an impact sub in Euro 2012.
Yohan Cabaye on the other hand, will in all likelihood start for France in central midfield.
Yohan has been interviewed this morning by the BBC, and he has given some opinions on Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy – his good friend from his seven years playing at Lille – and also on his team mate on Tyneside, the maestro – Hatem Ben Arfa.
This is what Yohan had to say about Debuchy:
“He only has a few caps, but he showed against Germany in a 2-1 win in February that he is at home at international level and that we can count on him. He is a very good defender, with tremendous physical qualities and tackling ability.”
And Yohan thinks that Ben Arfa can be a big player for France in the upcoming Euro 2012 Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, and after a season playing with his French team-mate at Newcastle, he had this to say:
“He could be very important for the team, someone who can make the difference even if he is only on the pitch for 15 or 20 minutes. There are not many players like him, and we have been lucky to have him at Newcastle.”
“He has instilled a group mentality and team spirit like you find in a club.”
We reported earlier today about what a great job manager Laurent Blanc has done over the last two years or so, in restoring the pride back to French football, after the calamitous events of the World Cup in 20110 in South Africa.
It should be a very good game on Monday night with England, and it’s hard to know how that game will turn out.
But this week England’s players are resting up and preparing for the game, with new manager Roy Hodgson having banned them from doing any sponsor work, that may interrupt their concentration on the upcoming game.