Benzema to feature in France’s Euro 2020 campaign
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With his 29-goal season at Real and top form, Karim Benzema seems set to be offered one last chance at major tournament silverware for his country.

The thirty-three-year-old is expected to return to the France squad after almost five years of being out, following a blackmail scandal.

The news that was first reported by “Le Parisien” will mark a change of heart by coach Didier Deschamps who barred Benzema after the French Prime Minister at that time Manuel Valls openly claimed that there was no place for the striker in Deschamps team following the scandal.

The four-time UEFA Champions League winner is accused of conspiring in a plot to blackmail teammate Mathieu Valbuena. 

Investigators claim that Benzema was approached by a childhood friend to be an intermediary in the scandal, and convince Valbuena to negotiate with the blackmailers over the intimate footage.

Benzema categorically denied the accusations and the case will be heard between the 20th and 22nd of October when he will be required to avail himself in court. 

Benzema was not happy with the decision to leave him out of the French Euro 2015 squad and went ahead to openly accuse Deschamps of “bowing to racists”.

“He [Deschamps] has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France,” Benzema stated.

“He has to know that in France the extremist party reached the second round in the last two elections.”

The Lyon academy product was also left out of the French side that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, denying him the glory of lifting the much-coveted trophy.

Bringing Benzema back to the squad could only mean that Deschamps has decided that without Blaise Matuidi and Samuel Umtiti’s 2018 World Cup form and with the increased quality of players in other European nations, France are not good enough defensively to execute the 2018 plan and need more attacking brilliance.

Benzema’s return to the squad is expected to be dramatic because of the rivalry with fellow striker Olivier Giroud caused last year, when Benzema said that whoever compares the two shouldn’t confuse formula one and go-karting whilst comparing himself to formula one.

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