Hatem Ben Arfa can breathe easy now because both he and Yohan Cabaye have been confirmed in the final squad to represent France in Poland and the Ukraine.

A first choice regular, Cabaye was always nailed on to be included but a superb second half of the season for Ben Arfa has seen him surge into Laurent Blanc’s plans on the back of almost unanimous support back home in France.

Newcastle fans will have the added bonus of looking forward to hopefully seeing both players in the Euros, I personally will have great pride seeing two such talented players representing both France AND Newcastle United on the international stage.

I’m sure Hatem will be giving Alan Pardew a massive pat on the back for the patience and attention to detail he showed in helping Ben Arfa both adapt to the English game and recover from his horrific injury.

Both France and Newcastle United are now ready to reap the benefits.