ALAN Pardew today backed Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa to continue doing Newcastle United proud at Euro 2012.
The French duo take on reigning world and European champions Spain tonight in a quarter-final clash.
Newcastle boss Pardew has monitored the pair’s progress over the last couple of weeks, and believes the confidence they will gain from starring on the big stage can only benefit the Magpies next season.
“They’ve done us proud - and it’s something that will whet our fans’appetite for next season at Newcastle,” said Pardew.
“I hope that our fans have had a great summer and they have enjoyed the European Championships and seeing players like Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye play well.
“It really reflects very well on us as a club at Newcastle.”
United already have a strong reputation in France thanks to the likes of Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Paris-born Demba Ba plying their trade on Tyneside.
They are hoping to add another Frenchman to their ranks this summer, with right-back Matthieu Debuchy a target for Pardew.
Debuchy will line up in France’s back four tonight, while Cabaye is set for a recall after being rested for the defeat against Swden after picking up a slight strain in the win against Ukraine, during which he scored.
Ben Arfa, however, looks like missing out this evening after starting the Sweden game, being substituted on the hour then getting involved in a row with boss Laurent Blanc in the dressing room.
The pair are understood to have made their peace, and Ben Arfa could still be an important weapon off the bench for France which would delight Pardew and the Toon Army.
“The fact that our two boys are playing at this stage is something for our fans,” added the United boss.
“Hatem and Yohan can be proud of themselves.
“Cabaye has done well and got on the scoresheet too so it’s great for us.”
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