Soccer-Benzema called up to France squad for Euro 2020


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Osasuna - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - May 1, 2021 Real Madrid's Karim Benzema during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been included in France's 26-man squad for Euro 2020, coach Didier Deschamps said on Tuesday.

Benzema, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions for Real this season, has not played for Les Bleus since 2015 in the wake of a blackmailing scandal and over 2016 comments that Deschamps had "bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France" when leaving him out of that year's European Championship.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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