The player was dropped from the France team following a controversial blackmail case in 2015. With this, the player lost the 2016 Euro Cup and the 2018 World Cup. Benzema had pleaded not guilty to the charges in the case. Benzema is Real Madrid’s best player in the current squad. Karim Benzema, who has been left out of the national team for a long time, has been left out of the squad for the Euro Cup squad, while Leipzig defender Dayot Upamekano and Manchester United striker Anthony Marshall have been left out of the squad. Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Clement Lengle and Juventus’ Adrian Rabiot have been named in the squad.
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Coach Didier Deschamps has made it clear that Benzema’s arrival is more important today and tomorrow than yesterday’s. Benzema made a well-deserved comeback away from the France squad. Deschamps was unwilling to consider Benzema, who had a stellar performance for Real Madrid despite France struggling without a good striker during this period.
But with Benzema playing a key role in helping Real Madrid win La Liga last season, the need to recall the player has risen from many quarters. He has scored 29 goals and eight assists for Real this season.
Deschamps are considering the Real striker after French coaches, including Zidane and Arsene Wenger, publicly declared Benzema eligible for the squad. Earlier, the French coach had said that there would be no miracles in his team. The announcement comes as Benzema’s return to France is expected to continue. Benzema’s arrival is sure to strengthen the French team’s most likely to win the Euro Cup. They are in the death group for this tournament. In addition to France, the group includes Germany, defending champions Portugal and Hungary. The euro will open on June 11. France’s first match is against Germany on the 15th.
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Last year’s tournament was postponed to this year due to the outbreak of the Kovid epidemic. The tournament will be held in 11 countries from June 11 to July 11. The final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.
France team for Euro Cup:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Loris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Mignon
Defenders: Benjamin Poward, Leo Dubois, Rafael Varane, Presnell Kimbebe, Lucas Hernandez, Lucas Deane, Clement Lengle, Kurt Zuma, Jules Coon.
Midfielders: Ngolo Cante, Paul Pogba, Adrian Rabiot, Corinthian Tolisso, Moosa Sissoko
Forwards: Killian Mbabane, Karim Benzema, Oliver Giroud, Marcus Thuram, Kingsley Common, Wissam Ben Yedder, Antonio Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Osman Dembele