Arsene Wenger, the former manager of Arsenal, has called for Karim Benzema to be named to France’s Euro 2020 squad this summer.
In 2020/21, the Real Madrid star has had another eye-catching season in the Spanish capital, scoring 28 goals in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
His international exile has continued under Les Bleus head coach Didier Deschamps, despite the fact that he has not played for his country since 2015.
However, with France aiming to win their first European title since 2000 this summer, Wenger said in an interview with EFE, as reported by Diario AS, that Deschamps should include the 33-year-old in his plans.
“The non-call up of Benzema is not dependent on the quality of the player,” he said.
“For me, Benzema deserves 100% to be summoned to the European Championship.
“He could play for any national team. It is because of an extra and non-sport problem that he is not playing.
“He has been playing for Real Madrid for more than ten years as a starter, and his record is excellent.”
Deschamps has previously stated that he will not change his mind about Benzema, citing his involvement in a blackmail scandal involving former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. His international career has come to an end.
With Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann and Paris Saint-Kylian Germain’s Mbappe starting as his first choice attacking pair in the competition, the former Juventus midfielder is likely to resist calls to bring Benzema back into the fold next month.
Source: Football Espana