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Ben Arfa included in France's provisional Euro 2012 squad

The former Marseille attacker could return to the national team after a two-year hiatus after being named in the coach's first preliminary squad

France head coach Laurent Blanc has included Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa in his provisional 12-man squad for Euro 2012.

The 25-year-old has not featured for Les Bleus since August 2010, when he came on as a substitute in the 2-1 friendly defeat against Norway in what was Blanc's first match in charge of the national team.

Ben Arfa has been in impressive form at Newcastle this season after fully recovering from a broken tibia and fibula sustained in 2010-11, and has been rewarded with a place on Blanc's first provisional list, which features only foreign-based players.

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema is the only striker on the roster. The second provisional list, with players who ply their trade in France, will be revealed on May 15.

France will play friendly matches against Iceland, Serbia and Estonia before flying to Ukraine for Euro 2012.

The 1998 World Cup winners have been paired with Ukraine, Sweden and England in Group D, with their first match scheduled for June 11, against the Three Lions.

Below you can find the first provisional list in full:

Name Club
Defenders:  
Gael Clichy Manchester City
Patrice Evra Manchester United
Younes Kaboul Tottenham
Laurent Koscielny Arsenal
Philippe Mexes AC Milan
Adil Rami Valencia
Midfielders:  
Yohan Cabaye Newcastle
Florent Malouda Chelsea
Samir Nasri Manchester City
Hatem Ben Arfa Newcastle
Franck Ribery Bayern Munich
Attackers:  
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid

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