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Karim’s return does not change anything for France in Euro 2020

Wed 02 June 2021 | 9:50

Hugo Lloris addressed Karim Benzema’s recall after six years of not playing for the France national team.

Hugo Lloris

, the France captain, believes

Karim Benzema

’s return will not secure anything for the world champions before the 2020 European Championship starts.

France will go against Wales on Wednesday before the Euro 2020, where they have a difficult group with Germany, Hungary and Portugal.

The Real Madrid forward has been called up to be part of the squad after six years. The 33-year-old was frozen out in 2015 by Didier Deschamps due to his involvement in a blackmail scandal for a sex tape.

However, the forward has established himself at the club level ever since, meeting the back of the net 23, 21, and 21 times in the last three seasons and emerged as a key addition for the 2019 World Cup champions.

"

Karim's return does not change anything,"

Lloris said before the Wales friendly in Nice.

"His reinstatement went well, it happened naturally

.

"There is a lot of respect, even more from the younger players. There is admiration for what he has done in his career at Real Madrid. We ignore what is said from the outside.

"We have the talent but matches are won on the pitch and not on paper. It will be necessary for us to be strong as a team."

Lloris added:

"Karim never gave up, he gave himself the chance to come back, and his presence adds talent to this generation, but there are no guarantees of success.

"It is up to us to create the conditions for a positive dynamic, to create an energy to enter this competition well and to stay there as long as possible, while remaining solid when it is more complicated."

Deschamps’ ploy is to use Benzema next to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann against the Dragons.

"

Our performance will also depend on what everyone brings,"

Deschamps said.

"The midfielders, the full backs. I don't want to dissociate the three forwards from the rest of the team."


source: SportMob