BEN­ZEMA DE­MANDS AN­SWERS

Striker wants to know why Deschamps ig­nored him for Lux­em­bourg clash

New Straits Times - - Sport -

REAL Madrid striker Karim Ben­zema has asked France coach Di­dier Deschamps for an ex­pla­na­tion on why he was not se­lected for to­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Lux­em­bourg.

Ben­zema had been in­def­i­nitely banned from the France team af­ter be­ing charged with con­spir­acy to black­mail in a sex­tape scan­dal in­volv­ing team­mate Mathieu Val­buena, but the ban was lifted last Septem­ber.

How­ever, he has been left frus­trated af­ter not be­ing picked for to­day’s trip to Lux­em­bourg and next week’s friendly against Spain.

“I find it un­fair be­cause I did not have any ex­pla­na­tion. I am a man and I’d like an ex­pla­na­tion on why I haven’t been called up,” Ben­zema told French ra­dio RMC on Thurs­day.

“What I would like is to have a con­ver­sa­tion with the coach, so that he can tell me what he thinks, I have to know.”

Ben­zema, who won the last of 81 caps in Oc­to­ber 2015, is hope­ful he can still earn some more in­ter­na­tional caps.

“I have not ended my in­ter­na­tional ca­reer, I don’t want to give up,” he said.

“It is tough (to be omit­ted) when you play in a big club. I love foot­ball, the big games. The na­tional team give you top-class matches.”

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