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 By Mark Rodden

France can't afford to omit Karim Benzema, says Zinedine Zidane

The ESPN FC crew discuss the high-profile injuries that took place in this weekend's La Liga action.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says that despite Real Madrid's underwhelming opposition, Los Blancos are impressing under Zidane.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane praises Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo after their performance against Sporting Gijon.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane feels that France cannot afford to leave Karim Benzema out of their Euro 2016 squad.

Last month Benzema, 28, was suspended from the national team indefinitely after he was charged with conspiracy to blackmail for an alleged role in an attempt to extort money from France team mate Mathieu Valbuena.

There are serious doubts about whether the case will be resolved both in time and in a fashion that would enable the Real Madrid striker to feature at next summer's tournament.


 By Ben Gladwell

Antonio Conte named Italy's top coach award for fourth straight year

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Italy's Euro 2016 draw with Antonio Conte.

Italy coach Antonio Conte picked up his latest award on Thursday night by being named La Gazzetta dello Sport's coach of the year for 2015.

The 46-year-old won the best coach awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014 both from his fellow coaches and from the Italian Professional Footballers' Association (AIC) after guiding Juventus to three straight Serie A titles, but now he has beaten even his successor on the Juve bench, Massimiliano Allegri, to earn La Gazzetta's prize for 2015.

Conte led the Italian national...

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Euro 2016 match schedule -- when and where are the games in France?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Dan Thomas give their reactions to the Euro 2016 draw.

Here is the full match schedule for Euro 2016 next summer.

Key: In the knockout stages, "W" denotes the group winner and "R" the runner-up. For example, WF vs. RE is the winner of Group F vs. the runner-up of Group E.

Group stage

Friday, June 10
France vs. Romania -- Saint-Denis (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)

Saturday, June 11
Albania vs. Switzerland -- Lens (3 p.m. CET/9 a.m. ET)
Wales vs. Slovakia -- Bordeaux (6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET)
England vs. Russia -- Marseille (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET)


ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Euro 2016: How the draw works for next summer's finals

The ESPN FC crew don't expect any upsets at Euro 2016, listing the usual suspects as potential winners.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson discusses Ireland's qualification into Euro 2016 following a 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia.
Jon Walters reacts to Ireland's qualification into Euro 2016 following his two goals against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hosts France will be joined by holders Spain plus Germany, England, Portugal and Belgium as the six seeded nations at Euro 2016. France will automatically be drawn into position A1, playing their games in Paris, Marseille and Lille, with the other seeds placed into position 1 of groups B through to F.

The nations in pots 2 to 4 will be randomly drawn into a position in each group to create the fixture programme for the group stage of the finals. The draw ceremony begins at 5 p.m. GMT on Saturday,...