Foot – Bleus – Karim Benzema: “A lot of emotion” to return to the France team


Karim Benzema said he was “happy and proud” this Sunday in “Téléfoot”, after his successful return to the France team, punctuated by a victory in the League of Nations. Absent in the France team for five and a half years before being recalled for the Euro, last summer, Karim Benzema felt ” a lot of emotions “ when Didier Deschamps pronounced his name, when revealing his list of players selected for the competition. It was also his feeling when he returned to Clairefontaine a few days later. “These are emotions deep inside me. I’m not going to say it was weird, but I was very, very emotional.” said the Real Madrid striker this Sunday in Telefoot. The reception of the fans also affected him a lot, although he had no doubts about them. “I actually knew. It was of course exceptional because it’s always nice to be welcomed like that, he added. But I already saw it from Madrid, I had some echoes. With them, it’s always been cool. Afterwards, we were able to tell a lot of stories. In any case my return to the France team, I’m not going to say that I was apprehensive, I was especially happy to see how it was going because I already knew that they had been waiting for me for a while. […] They are so happy for me, which gives me so many emotions, which allows me to give them so much on the pitch. » “A very good year” Despite the elimination of the Blues in eighth of the Euro final by Switzerland (3-3, 4 pens to 5), Benzema believes that success in the League of Nations is not to be neglected. “We showed character. It’s not an easy cut to go for, said the striker, relying on the victories against Belgium (3-2) and Spain (2-1), before drawing a generally positive assessment of the last few months. We are still here. It’s been a very good year. People can say what they want but a trophy is a trophy. I am happy and proud. »

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