The star player of Real Madrid, Karim Benzema, is selected in the French squad for the Euro 2020. He has been out of the team for six years after facing trial for an alleged blackmail case against his former French teammate Matthieu Valbuena.
This was a big surprise for Les Bleus and his fans, such as the four-time Champions League winner, were not expected to play euros. France’s head coach Didier Deschamps has often dismissed the idea of calling him up for the national team in the recent past.
The 33-year-old has been a key figure for Real Madrid this season. He has scored 22 goals in La Liga so far and six goals in the Champions League. If it were not for Benzema’s heroics in front of goal, Real Madrid would not enter the last day of the season with a chance of winning the league title.
Karim Benzema made his debut for France in 2007 and was an all-round player, scoring 27 goals in 81 appearances. Due to the controversy surrounding the scandal, he has not appeared in a major tournament since the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2018, he was not selected for the World Cup team and later campaigned to be allowed to join. a different national team due to their exclusion. from France.
The return of the fit and veteran forward will further increase France’s chances of winning the Euro. They came close to winning the title in 2016, but Portugal beat them in the final. However, optimistic after winning the World Cup in 2018, France starts Euro 2020 as favorites. It will be a test tournament for France, as they are part of the ‘group of death’ that involves Portugal, Germany and Hungary. France wants to kick off its Euro 2020 trip against Germany on June 16.
GOALKEEPERS: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan.
DEFENDERS: Leo Dubois, Benjamin Pavard, Kurt Zouma, Jules Koundé, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Prisnel Kimpembe, Lucas Digne, Lucas Hernandez
MEDIA: N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Moussa Sissoko
FORWARD: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram, Kingsley Coman, Wissam Ben Yedder, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Ousmane Dembele