Cabaye to Start, Ben Arfa On Bench
One of the questions that was put to Hatem was the following;
When it was put to Ben Arfa that the French team against England should have Cabaye in the starting 11 with Ben Arfa on the Bench –
“We will see, there is no problem even if I am a substitute, the most important is the team and winning the Euro”.
Very pleasing to see the way he’s handling himself and no sign of the petulance we see so often from English players and indeed in his past life when Ben Arfa was seen as a ‘brat’.
We speculated that last night’s French line-up against Estonia would be very likely to closely resemble their eleven who start against England.
In a 4-0 stroll France started with Cabaye who was substituted after fifty minutes and Ben Arfa was given the last twenty for a brief cameo.
Our money is definitely on that arrangement being repeated against England but what a threat to come off the bench.
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