We had thought that Didier Deshcmaps had selected both Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa for the upcoming friendly against Uruguay next Wednesday night in Le Havre, but that’s not the case.
Ben Arfa – in action for France in June
And in fact the former Marseilles manager has left Ben Arfa out of the squad, and it looks like Ben Arfa’s International career could be over, as long as Didier Deschamps is the France manager.
The two of them just didn’t get along at all when they were at Marseilles together, and that’s one reason Ben Arfa forced a move through to Newcastle United.
And in early July when Deschamps was appointed the new French manager, we did report this could be bad news for Newcastle’s mercurial winger.
Didier Deschamps has named his first France squad for the friendly against Uruguay next week, and he had this to say about his selection:
“Concerning two players, Yann M’Vila and Hatem Ben Arfa, I took the decision not to select them for this match.”
“This decision seems logical and consistent to me given what I expect from the players in terms of attitude and behaviour. It’s up to them to understand this decision.”
But then the question is will they get another chance in the squad?
Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye is said to be injured, but to be more accurate he will not be match fit by next Wednesday, although he could still make the game against Tottenham a week on Saturday.
Ben Arfa blotted his copy book a bit during the Euro 2012 tournament, and got involved in an unfortunate argument with the previous France coach Laurent Blanc in the dressing room, following the 2-0 defeat to Sweden.
He was warned as to his future conduct by the France Football Federation last month, and it could be that Didier is using that incident to omit him out of the squad.
But we’d be surprised if Deschamps includes him in any France squad, as long as the former French captain is the National team manager.
Well at least he’s now going to be fully available for Newcastle next season, with no interruptions for International duty, and from a Newcastle perspective that’s very good.
For the record Ben Arfa has played 13 times for France (unlucky for some) with two goals.
Here’s the squad Didier named today, and Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy is in it:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Man City), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Man Utd), Christophe Jallet (PSG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (PSG), Rafael Varane (Real Madrid), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Marseille)
Midfielders: Etienne Capoue (Toulouse), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Marvin Martin (Lille), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Jimmy Briand (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon), Dimitri Payet (Lille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)