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‘Benzema could make France return’ - FFF chief logo 25-02-2017

Real Madrid attacker Karim Benzema is available for selection for the France national team, French FA (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has stated.

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The striker has been out of the picture with Didier Deschamps’ side since being embroiled in a sex tape scandal with international colleague Mathieu Valbuena. Le Graet, however, has said that it is not impossible for the 29-year-old, who missed out on Euro 2016, to return to action with Les Bleus.

“He’s up for selection, he’s not suspended,” Le Graet said. “If Didier wants to pick him, he can do when he wants. He has total control.

“There’s no problem with Benzema; if he continues to play well, one day he will return.

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“I’ve got enormous respect for the guy on a sporting level, he’s the greatest French scorer in European football, and he’s a starter with Real Madrid, which itself isn’t easy. The quality of the player is not up for debate.”

Benzema has scored 13 goals for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season, having made 30 appearances for the Spanish league leaders.

He has been capped 81 times for France, joint 15th most in history, and has scored 27 times for the national team – a tally surpassed by only seven others.

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