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 By Ian Holyman

Didier Deschamps omits 'pitiful' Karim Benzema from France squad

Didier Deschamps justifies his decision to leave Karim Benzema off of France's squad for their upcoming matches.

France coach Didier Deschamps has called Karim Benzema "pitiful" and warned the Real Madrid striker "a squad comes before everything" after prolonging his international exile.

In an interview with L'Equipe published on Wednesday, Benzema, 29, reiterated his call for Deschamps to give him an explanation for not having called him up since he last played for his country in October 2015.

When Deschamps unveiled his list for next month's friendlies with Paraguay and England as well as the 2018 World...

 By Ian Holyman

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema snubbed by France's Twitter account

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The France national team's official Twitter account chose to snub Karim Benzema but congratulate Raphael Varane on reaching the Champions League final.

Benzema has not played for France since October 2015 after his alleged involvement in the attempted extortion of Mathieu Valbuena emerged during an ongoing police investigation.

Despite his international exile, Benzema has remained a central figure in Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's plans, and starred as the reigning European champions clinched their...

 By Ian Holyman

Kylian Mbappe not included in France's Under-20 World Cup squad

Kylian Mbappe says he won't think about his next move just yet, with Monaco still chasing domestic and European glory.

Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe is the big-name absentee from France's Under-20 World Cup squad after senior team coach Didier Deschamps vetoed his selection.

Mbappe's excellent season with his club earned him a first senior cap in March's 3-1 World Cup qualifying win against Luxembourg.

The 18-year-old, who has scored 14 Ligue 1 goals in as many starts to help push Monaco to the brink of the title, would have been a certainty for the 21-man U20 squad that will head to South Korea for the tournament...

 By Tom Marshall

Andre-Pierre Gignac planning long stay in Mexico, not interested in MLS

Herculez Gomez reflects on Tigres' defeat to Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League final.

Tigres' French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is hoping to finish his career in Liga MX and isn't interested in any potential move to MLS.

The 31-year-old made the shock move to Tigres from Marseille in June 2015 and has become one of the main figures in Liga MX, helping the northern team to the Apertura 2015 and Apertura 2016 titles.

"I think I've got five years left [as a player]," said Gignac in a rare interview with Life And Style. He added: "I'm not interested in MLS, I prefer to be with my people...

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Anelka and Domenech reignite feud over future of Monaco's Mbappe

Nicolas Anelka said Domenech 'has become a coach without winning any trophies.'

Nicolas Anelka and his former France coach Raymond Domenech have reopened the feud that saw Anelka sent home from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Anelka hit back after Domenech had urged teenage Monaco star Kylian Mbappe not to follow his example.

When asked about the potential of 18-year-old Mbappe, who has been linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs after a dazzling season, Domenech was scathing about Anelka.

He told L'Equipe: "I remember Ronaldo...