Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be called up to the France squad for the Euro 2016 in France as decided by the French Football Federation. The ex-Lyon striker has not been selected by Didier Deschamps since November 2015 and will certainly be out until the ongoing legal proceedings against him for blackmailing teammate Mathieu Valbuena, are over.
A statement released by the French Football federation read:
“Sporting performance is an important factor but not the only one that decides whether a player is called up to the France squad. The capacity of the players to strive towards unity, within and around the squad, to be exemplary…are also taken into account.”
“As a result, Noel Le Graet and Didier Deschamps have decided that Karim Benzema will not be able to participate at Euro 2016.”
The forward expressed his grief on social media saying:
“Unfortunately for me and for all those who have me always supported and supported. I will not be selected for our Euro in France…”