Hatem Ben Arfa is not in the France squad for the two friendlies to be played against Uruguay tomorrow and Brazil on Saturday.
Ben Arfa in action for France last summer at Euro 2012
And Newcastle’s mercurial winger may find it difficult to get in the World Cup squad for France for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
The main reason for that is nothing to do with his form, but that he fell out with current French coach Didier Deschamps, when both were at Marseilles.
Deschamps was manager at Marseilles from 2009 through 2012, when he was appointed France’s manager, and Ben Arfa was at Marseilles from 2008, and left essentially in August of 2010, when he took that famous trip to Newcastle – since he desperately wanted to play at the Tyneside club.
Ben Arfa at Newcastle Airport in August, 2010
Ben Arfa signed on full-time at Newcastle in January of 2011, but never saw eye to eye with Deschamps when they were both at the French club.
Ben Arfa was suspended after having an altercation with Laurent Blanc at last summer’s Euro 2012, but that’s now past and gone and not the reason why he has not been included in any of Deschamps squads, including the current one.
Samir Nasri was also suspended, but was selected in the current squad, but pulled out because of an injury he picked up playing for Manchester City against Chelsea in a friendly game over here in the US.
We’d be surprised if Ben Arfa makes any French squad with Didier Deschamps as the manager – but we’ve been wrong before.
If he doesn’t play for France it does mean he will be better prepared to play for Newcastle, so that’s at least one advantage.
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