France manager Didier Deschamps says that there is every opportunity for Hatem Ben Arfa to feature in the national team before the Euro 2016 starts.
The former Newcastle United winger has been in fine form for French outfit Nice. Once regarded as the next Zidane, his career has gone off the rails in the last few years. Ben Arfa went down to the level of playing for Hull City, who are in the Championship. However, a loan move back to France appears to have rejuvenated him and he has been in impeccable form over the first few months of the season.
Ben Arfa has already notched the seven league goals in just 10 games. Even though the club have not been able to benefit fully from this form,Hatem Ben Arfa is starting to get noticed once again at international level. Since he enjoyed a great reputation almost a decade ago, it helped the 28-year-old to quickly notch up 13 appearances for the national team. However, he has not featured for France at any level since the 2011-12 season when he made five appearances. Such has been his decline in form, butDeschamps has seen enough in the player to suggest that he may be ready for the national team once more.
“I did not say no.Why not? My reflection on the issue will come next week based on what he has done with Nice.There are players who are there [in the squad] and who give me satisfaction. To recall a new player, I have to remove one. I will not accumulate players. These are decisions that will be made with a view to the competition.If someone can bring something to the France team, it doesn’t matter that they had a problem with me,” said the manager.