The striker has not been summoned since 2015, when he was accused of extorting Mathieu Valbuena, then teammate, with an intimate video of the player, in a case that ended up in court
A French Football Federation (FFF) announced on the afternoon of this Tuesday, the 18th, the list of the squad of the France for the Euro Cup dispute, which takes place between June 11th and July 11th. The main novelty in the list of Didier Deschamps it’s about the return of Karim Benzema, do Real Madrid, to the selection after almost six years. The striker has not been called up since 2015, when he was accused of extorting Mathieu Valbuena, then teammate, with an intimate video of the player, in case he ended up in court. In addition, during his time in France, Benzema, who is of Algerian descent, also never sang the country’s anthem, justifying that the song incites war.
Now, Benzema returns to the French team in a big phase. In the current season, the striker has made 45 appearances for Real Madrid, contributing 29 goals and 8 assists to his teammates. In addition to it, France will also feature big names in world football, such as Kylian Mbappé, do Paris Saint Germain, Antoine Griezmann, do Barcelona, Kanté, do Chelsea, Paul pogba, do Manchester United, between others. The team led by Deschamps in Group F, considered the most difficult, alongside Germany, Portugal e Hungary. The top two in each bracket plus the four best placed thirds advance to the round of 16.
See the list of players:
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Maike Maignan (Lille) e Steve Mandanda (Olympique de Marseille)
Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Jules Koundé (Sevilla), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Raphael Varane ( France) and Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Kanté (Chelsea), Lemar (Atlético de Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Andrea Rabiot (Juventus), Sissoko (Tottenham), Toliso (Bayern Munich).
Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Ben Yedder (Monaco), Coman (Bayern de Mnunique), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach) e Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) ).
– French team ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) May 18, 2021