PARIS (AP) – France coach Laurent Blanc has selected Newcastle midfielders Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye in a 12-man provisional squad of foreign-based players for the European Championship.
Ben Arfa last played for France two years ago but is in the squad announced Wednesday after scoring some spectacular goals in the Premier League. Cabaye has also been a major contributor with Newcastle bidding for a Champions League spot.
Defenders Eric Abidal and Bacary Sagna and midfielder Abou Diaby are out injured.
Blanc will announce his provisional squad of France-based players next week with the French league ending on May 20.
France has been drawn in Group D with England, Sweden and Ukraine for the June 8 to July 1 event in Poland and Ukraine.