He had to wait 5 years and 7 months to return to a call for the French National Team that gave him the opportunity to win a great title with Bleus, after having won everything with Real Madrid. However, Karim Benzema has been unlucky so far.
On June 2, he again donned the shirt of the two-time world champions in a friendly preparation for the European Championship against Wales, played in Nice without spectators.
Curiously, it was the same scenario in which Benzema had played his last meeting before the scandal that involved him in an alleged blackmail of his then partner Mathieu Valbuena broke out. An “affair” that led him to be away from the national team for a little over five years.
France beat Wales 3-0. Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé scored. On the 9th of Real Madrid he scored a penalty, stopped by goalkeeper Ward, and shot the post (reject that Dembélé took advantage of to score).
Benzema played very well, he got involved with Mbappé and Griezmann, but he lacked the biggest prize for a striker.
With only a week left to make their debut against Germany at the European Championship, Bulgaria presented themselves as a tailor-made opponent to score again with the French (their last goal dates from 8 October 2015, a double against Armenia).
Finally with an audience in the stands (5,000 were authorized) and in the favorite stadium of the Gauls, that of France, the stage of the 1998 World Cup, the Real Madrid player had everything in his favor to score his 28 goal in his 83 international match.
But after half an hour of play, when France was winning 1-0 with a Griezmann target, he reached out to the upper area of his right knee. He asked for change and limped out. He was replaced by Olivier Giroud, with whom he argued in the past.
“It is a concussion. He hit the upper knee muscle well. He stopped because he felt it got worse. There was no reason to risk it,” analyzed coach Didier Deschamps.
Whether he will be able to enlist against Germany in Munich in less than a week is still a mystery. The next 48 hours will be crucial to better understand the evolution of the injury.
Without Benzema on the field, France scored two more goals, authored precisely by his substitute Giroud, who had lost the starting position to the benefit of Real Madrid 9.
The Chelsea striker, who has 108 games with the Bleus, already has 46 goals, just five behind the top scorer in the tricolor, Thierry Henry (51).
A message for Deschamps, who will have to consider whether to continue with the victorious trident of 2018 (Mbappé, Griezmann and Giroud) or innovate with the entry of Benzema instead of the burly Chelsea striker.