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Karim Benzema Retires From International Football

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Current Balon D’or holder, and Real Madrid Forward Karim Benzema, has announced his retirement from international football.

Benzema was included in the French squad that reached the final of Qatar 2022, but got injured at the beginning of the tournament. Benzema flew to Spain to get back in shape, but refused to join the team, despite still being eligible to play in the tournament.

French Coach Didier Deschamp refused to replace Benzema, after he got injured, but opted to stick with a lone striker after yet another forward Christopher Nkunku also got injured during training.

READ ALSO:Benzema Could Make Shocking France Return Ahead Of World Cup Final

The relationship between Benzema and the French squad has not been rosy for some time now. The striker was frozen out of the squad for years after he was involved in a blackmail scandal with another teammate.

His incredible form last season prompted Deschamp to call him back into the team, after years of being left out.

READ ALSO: I’m Not Interested,France Star Benzema Quashes World Cup Returns Rumour

The news of his retirement will not come to many as a surprise, especially his fans on social media. When quizzed about the possibility of joining the team against Argentina, he replied ”I’m not interested”, just a day to the final.

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