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Crystal Palace ace Cabaye welcomes France fight with ex-Arsenal, Chelsea midfielder Diarra

Yohan Cabaye is not backing down from the challenge that comes with being a midfielder in the France national team.


The Crystal Palace star is preparing with Les Bleus for upcoming friendlies with Armenia and Denmark but will need to outshine the likes of Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko and Morgan Schneiderlin to gain a start for Didier Deschamps.

Add to that mix Lassana Diarra who is reborn at Marseille after more than a year in the football wilderness and gunning for an international return.

Regarding the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid man, Cabaye believes it is a massive bonus for the French side that he is again showing top form less than 12 months out from Euro2016.

"If Lass can bring his qualities and his experience, everyone wins," Cabaye said.

"It is up to the coach to make his decisions. There's no problem."

Deschamps was also thrilled with Diarra and hopes that the 30-year-old can rediscover the previous form that has seen him step out for his country on 28 occasions.

"He is reserved," said Deschamps. "He must find his place in the group but he has returned with a smile and that is the most important thing."

Andrew Slevison
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