The French Football Federation held a mini-celebration in honor of the Roosters players who recently retired from international football, in appreciation of their role in winning the 2018 World Cup and reaching the final of the 2022 World Cup.
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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was absent from the honoring ceremony that took place before the start of France’s match against the Dutch guest on Friday night, at the start of their UEFA Euro 2024 qualification in Germany.
While goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda, midfielder Blaise Matuidi and defender Rafael Varane attended the match, four players took to the field and cheered for the huge French fans who visited the stands of the Stade de France in Paris.
And the French network GFN reported that Benzema, who did not participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, responded to the invitation of the French federation by email, indicating that he was not available, amid great controversy about his readiness to compete. in the tournament or not, and the dispute between him and coach Didier Deschamps after leaving the Rooster camp at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.