Hatem Ben Arfa has earned a recall to the French national squad after a sparkling start to the season.
Didier Deschamps went to specially watch the former Newcastle winger last weekend, with Ben Arfa the best attacking player on the pitch but defences dominating as Nice and Lille played out a goalless draw.
However, Deschamps has liked what he’s seen and with seven Ligue 1 goals already this season, there has been a groundswell of public opinion in favour of a recall.
The National Head Coach said that he wouldn’t bear any grudges against Hatem Ben Arfa after their falling out when at Marseille.
With only eight months to go until the Euros in France, Hatem is now in pole position to make the cut.
After naming his squad, Deschamps on Ben Arfa:
“He has the ability to make a difference in one move.”
“Mathieu Debuchy is in a position where he is playing very little and when he does play, look at yesterday’s result (Bayern winning 5-1)…”
“If he has a decision to make in December or January… He hasn’t lost his quality, he is playing very little.”
Former Magpie Yohan Cabaye and current (for the moment) one Moussa Sissoko are included but somehow Deschamps has overlooked the credentials of the other seven Newcastle players still on United’s books.
Obertan, Riviere, Cabella (currently on loan at Marseille), Marveaux, Haidara, Thauvin and Gouffran have somehow been overlooked…
One notable absentee is Dimitri Payet who has been outstanding for West Ham since joining from Marseille.
The France Squad to play Germany and England:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Benoit Costil
Defenders: Digne, Evra, Jallet, Sagna, Koscielny, Mangala, Sakho, Varane.
Midfielders: Cabaye, Diarra, Matuidi, Pogba, Schneiderlin, Sissoko.
Attackers: Ben Arfa, Coman, Gignac, Giroud, Griezmann, Martial