Ben Arfa challenged by Newcastle boss to become France regular

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is urging Hatem Ben Arfa to force his way into the France team by becoming more consistent.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is urging Hatem Ben Arfa to force his way into the France team by becoming more consistent.

Pardew said: "That's what we are searching for with Hatem, a little bit more consistency in terms of him winning games, whether it's an assist or a goal.

"He has fantastic quality. He is a player the fans love and he certainly got everybody out of their seats the last time.

"But we need a little bit more than that, more from him, more of those moments. I think he would be the first to admit that that's the year he needs if he is going to break into the French team."

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