Paris - On form Nice striker Hatem Ben Arfa has vowed to
give his all should he make France's 23-man squad for Euro 2016, daily
newspaper L'Equipe reported on Tuesday.
"I could go to the Euro and even if I never played a
minute I'd be cheering the others on and encourage the others in
training," said Ben Arfa, who is trying to shake of the idea he has a
"If the coach does not pick me it will be for sporting
reasons," Ben Arfa insisted. "I'm in a great frame of mind these
"I can give a great deal to the France team. On the
pitch and off."
Ben Arfa was called up for France after a three year absence
last November, and is generally considered to have raised his game since then.
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"If I was a substitute I'd give my all, and if I was a
starter it would be the same," said the 29-year-old whose 17 league goals
have made Nice a League 1 force this season.
"I would give absolutely everything I had for the
team," vowed Ben Arfa, who worked under France coach Didier Deschamps at
Marseille at the time of their last French league title in 2010.
Nice coach Claude Puel has built his Nice team around the
astonishing dribbling talent of Ben Arfa, but even without Real Madrid's Karim
Benzema, ruled out due to an alleged blackmail scam, France has a wealth of
attacking talent to call upon.
In the running for the six places Deschamps is thought to be
mulling are Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, Arsenal targetman Olivier
Giroud, Manchester United's Anthony Martial, Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman,
Mexico based Andre-Pierre Gignac and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.For
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