France coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday called up Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema for a 26-man squad for the European Championship next month.
For the first time in five and a half years since he played his 81st international match against Armenia in October 2015, where he scored twice, raising his number of international goals to 27, Benzema will represent the “roosters” team again, after Deschamps had ruled him out over the last years for his involvement in the blackmail case of his colleague Matteo Valbuena. In 2015.
The list of the “Dukes” team came as follows:
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda and Mike Maynane.
On the defense line: Varane, Lingleit, Zuma, Pavard, Denny, Lucas Hernandez, Dubois, Jules Conde, Parsnell Quimpembe.
In the midfield: Pogba, Kante, Moussa Sissoko, Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso.
Up front: Benzema, Ben Yedder, Osman Dembele, Mbappe, Koeman, Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Marcus Thuram, and Thomas Lemar.
The French national team plays in Group F, which includes defending champions Portugal, Germany and Hungary.