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Ben Arfa talks up France credentials

Newcastle midfielder believes he deserves a place in Les Bleus' Euro 2012 squad.

ESPN staff

Hatem Ben Arfa faces a nervous wait as to whether Laurent Blanc selects him for Euro 2012.© Getty Images

Hatem Ben Arfa insists he has matured greatly in recent years and hopes that being a less selfish player will help him avoid the heartbreak of missing out on the France squad for a major finals again.

Ben Arfa, 25, has been considered one of his country's most naturally gifted players since first breaking into the Lyon first-team as a 17-year-old, but a tempestuous streak has seen him thus far fail to live up to the early promise.

The Newcastle star failed to make the France squad for both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, when Raymond Domenech omitted him after initially selecting him in preliminary squads.

However, after enjoying an excellent 2011-12 campaign for the Magpies, Ben Arfa was last week included in Laurent Blanc's initial 26-man list ahead of Euro 2012.

And the midfielder, who has previously won eight international caps, believes he is now ready to be involved at a major finals with Les Bleus.

"I am more peaceful now," Ben Arfa said. "I make more efforts for the others. Every failure makes you grow. I have evolved and at 25 I think I'm more mature than when I was 20.

"Obviously you wonder what is going to happen [with the squad] but I have no hunch. I just hope I will be in the squad. I still remember the shocks of 2008 and 2010. If it has to happen, I will adapt."


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