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 By Ian Holyman

France coach Didier Deschamps will recall Karim Benzema if 'it is good'

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Karim Benzema 'remains one of the best French strikers,' Deschamps says.

Didier Deschamps has told Le Parisien he will recall Karim Benzema if he feels the Real Madrid forward can strengthen his France squad.

Benzema, 28, has not played for France since being charged with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation into an alleged extortion attempt on international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

He was left out of Deschamps' Euro 2016 squad as a result and hit out at the decision, accusing him of "bowing to the pressure of a racist part of France."

But the coach said: "If I think it's good for the national team to recall Karim, I'll do it.

"I only make sporting choices based on asking myself if they are in the interest of the France team. The institution is above everything.

"What happened happened, but I'm not angry with him. A national team is not 'him, I like, him, I don't like.' He remains one of the best French strikers."

Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud have emerged as Deschamps' preferred options since Benzema was sidelined, while Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette is also competing for a place.

"Nothing is impossible. Lassana Diarra was away from Les Bleus for five years and then he came back," Deschamps said.

"No-one knows what tomorrow will bring. There is no deadline [for recalling Benzema]."

Benzema has scored 13 goals for Real this season,

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman


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