Actual Madrid ahead Karim Benzema was included in France’s squad for the European Championship in a shock transfer by coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday.
Benzema, who has scored 29 targets in all competitions for Actual this season, has not performed for Les Bleus since 2015 after a blackmailing scandal over which he faces a trial in October.
He additionally stated in 2016 that Deschamps had “bowed to the strain of a racist a part of France” when leaving the ahead out of the Euro squad that 12 months.
The 33-year-old, who has 27 targets in 81 video games for France, featured within the 26-man squad alongside fellow forwards Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Marcus Thuram.
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Whereas Deschamps had not picked Benzema since October 2015 and stated he would “always remember” his feedback, the France coach had by no means acknowledged that he wouldn’t name him up once more.
France is in Group F with Germany, Hungary and Portugal.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur); Mike Maignan (Lille); Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton); Leo Dubois (Olympique Lyonnais); Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich); Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St Germain); Jules Kounde (Sevilla); Clement Lenglet (Barcelona); Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich); Raphael Varane (Actual Madrid); Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Ngolo Kante (Chelsea); Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid); Paul Pogba (Manchester United); Adrien Rabiot (Juventus); Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur); Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco); Karim Benzema (Actual Madrid); Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich); Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona); Olivier Giroud (Chelsea); Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona); Kylian Mbappe (Paris St Germain); Marcus Thuram (Borussia Moenchengladbach)