Karim Benzema last played for France in 2015, before being recalled by Didier Deschamps. The French coach said that Benzema would never be called up to the squad again.
Benzema was embroiled in a blackmail scandal with fellow French teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Both were barred from the national team.
Ever since then, both parties have done well for themselves.
Karim Benzema is one of the most decorated players in French football history. He has won 4 UEFA Champions League trophies with Real Madrid.
He has also won 3 La Liga titles. These successes at club level have made him forget about being excluded from French squads.
Benzema has grown to become a senior player at Real Madrid. He is their most influential player.
Especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
France on the other hand is the reigning world champions. They are going to into the European Championships as the FIFA World Cup winners.
After the departure of Benzema from the squad, the French ushered in a new wave of young players.
The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Paul Pogba, Samuel Umtiti and a whole lot more, were introduced into the first team. These players helped France reach the Euro 2016 final.
They lost to Portugal in the final.
However, three years ago in Russia, France went a step further and won the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Now, the majority of that winning squad has stayed together. They have been able to sort out their issues and recall influential striker Karim Benzema into the squad.
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