Yohan Cabaye believes that Hatem Ben Arfa is capable of receiving a call-up for the France side in the 2012 Euros, as the winger continues to shine for Newcastle in the Premier League.

Ben Arfa was a big risk at one stage of never making a full comeback from his horrific leg break in October 2010.

But after missing almost a full season for Newcastle, he is looking better than ever for the club, and has had an integral part in their surprise success and challenge for a top four spot this season.

And Cabaye believes that the France international could well receive a call-up when the Euros roll around.

Hatem Ben Arfa
Is Hatem Ben Arfa ready for a return to the France squad? Newcastle teammate Yohan Cabaye thinks so.

"I really hope he'll be in the 23 for Euro 2012. It's not my decision, but if it was I'd take him," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

Cabaye was one of a host of new faces to join the Toon last summer after the big-money sale of Andy Carroll, and he has also proven to be one of the club's success stories.

Newcastle are currently shocking football pundits with their table position, sitting two points ahead of Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea and putting Tottenham under a great deal of pressure for fourth spot.

And the 26 year old says he's glad he chose a move to Newcastle, with the side continuing to prove the critics wrong.

"[The Premier League is] the best league in the world for me," he explained.

"There are no easy games and the tempo is very high. I'm progressing and I've no regrets.

"We've had a great season. Now people are saying Newcastle was the right choice because we're fourth or fifth in the table and we're going to play in Europe.

"People weren't saying that when I left.

"I knew it was the right choice because I was going to play.

"There are still five games to go and we need to go out and get what we want - and why not a Champions League place?"

Newcastle face Stoke, Wigan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in their last matches of the season, and while City and Chelsea in particular will be tough challenges for the north eastern club, they will have a chance to show that despite a smaller budget they can compete with the best.