Euro 2021: Karim Benzema in Didier Deschamps’ list of 26

Five years after his last selection against Armenia in 2015, Karim Benzema is one of the 26 players summoned for Euro 2021, announced the coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps on M6 and TF1 this Tuesday, May 18, confirming information from ” Parisian ”.

The players appearing in the selection are: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan (goalkeepers); Benjamin Pavard, Léo Dubois, Kurt Zouma, Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Clément Lenglet, Lucas Hernandez, Lucas Digne, Jules Koundé (defenders); N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Moussa Sissoko, Thomas Lemar (midfielders); Kingsley Coman, Karin Benzema, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Wissam Ben Yedder, Marcus Thuram (attackers).

Why Benzema’s presence in Deschamps’ list for the Euro is a small revolution

“The list of a year ago would not have been the same, but in a month but it would probably not be the same”, explained Didier Deschamps. “This is the current list, the result of a long reflection with my technical staff. “

A major offensive asset

“So proud of this return to the France team and of the trust that I am given”, commented the attacker on Twitter.

Karim Benzema, 33, had not been called since the fall of 2015 and the revelation of the sextape blackmail case against Mathieu Valbuena, whose trial will take place from October 20 to 22. His statements to Didier Deschamps to the Spanish press, a few days before Euro 2016, had further distanced him from the coach. The Real Madrid player then argued that the manager had “Ceded to a racist part of France”.

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Didier Deschamps now seems ready to forget this common past, for the sake of the France team. A primarily strategic reintegration, according to “the Team”. Because with 29 goals and 8 assists in 45 games in all competitions, the player has become Real Madrid’s major offensive asset. His statistics could have finally convinced the boss of the Blues.

This is not the first time that the French coach has put aside his relations with certain players to recall them to the France team. Constantly putting forward the collective and the interest of the team, Deschamps had thus reinstated Ben Arfa, Gignac or Rabiot despite their differences.

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