Benzema reacts to France recall

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Karim Benzema has reacted to being recalled to the France national team squad for the first time since 2015.

On Tuesday, Benzema was called up by France manager Didier Deschamps for the first time since October 2015 when he was named in Les Bleus' squad for the upcoming 2020 UEFA European Championship.

The Real Madrid striker had previously been forced into exile from the national team after being implicated in a scandal involving Mathieu Valbuena, in which he will still face trial on accusations of attempting to blackmail his former teammate with an alleged sex tape.

Benzema has consistently denied all wrongdoing and, after meeting with Deschamps in an attempt to bury the hatchet, he has now earned a recall to the squad for next month's showpiece tournament.

"I'm very proud to return to France and the trust they have placed in me," he posted on social media, alongside a photo of him playing for his country. "Thanks to my family, my club, my friends, and all of you who have supported me and given me strength every day."

The 33-year-old former Olympique Lyonnais striker made a goalscoring debut for the reigning world champions in 2007 and netted 27 times in 81 appearances before being expelled from the national team setup.

Despite his prolonged absence from the international scene, Benzema remains France's 10th highest-goalscorer of all time and could climb further up the charts with a strong showing at Euro 2020.

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