Arsene Wenger has urged France to “summon” Karim Benzema for the upcoming European Championship which will be staged during the summer.
Benzema has been left out of the France national team since 2015 following allegations of his involvement in the blackmail of his team mate Mathieu Valbuena over a compromising video which he featured.
The Real Madrid forward denied his involvement in the blackmail calling the six years saga a “masquerade”. In March it was announced that the case will go to trial in October.
When the story came to the limelight Benzema was heavily criticised and Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the 33-year-old had no place in the national team. Benzema has not been called into the team since.
Despite all the allegations, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not believe Benzema should be left out of the national team squad any longer.
Wenger told EFE as quoted by Sportsmail: “The non-call up of Benzema is not dependent on the quality of the player.
“For me, Benzema deserves 100 percent to be summoned to the European Championship.
“He could play for any national team. It is because of an extra and non-sport problem that he is not playing.
“He has been playing for Real Madrid for more than 10 years as a starter, and his record is excellent.”
In 41 appearances this season for Real Madrid, Benzema has scored 28 goals and still regarded as one of Europe’s top strikers.
Since making his debut for France in 2007, the 33-year-old has been capped 81 times and has scored 27 goals.