Karim Benzema’s France career appears to be over as he requests to play for another country

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Karim Benzema’s international career with France appears to be over after he requested to be allowed to play for another country he is eligible for instead.

Benzema was suspended indefinitely from the France squad in December 2015 after being charged with conspiracy to blackmail team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sextape, but French federation president Noel Le Graet said in October 2016 that coach Didier Deschamps was free to call him up again.

La Graet has changed his stance, though, insisting on Saturday that Benzema – who remains without an international appearance since the Valbuena affair – is not part of France’s plans and the “adventure is over with the French national team”.

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