Benzema’s World Cup Return Unlikely

Karim Benzema should not expect to return to the international fold any time soon, French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.

Real Madrid striker Benzema has been out of the France set-up since October 2015 having become embroiled in a scandal involving an alleged attempt to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.

“You would have to be blind or deaf to not understand that Benzema will be difficult to select right now. It seems to be incontestable to me,” the FFF chief told RMC.

“We must also say that there are a number of talented players in attack, so the problem is perhaps less so than a few years ago.

“Deschamps picked him a lot during years when he was not brilliant in the French team.”

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