Karim Benzema ‘could reverse his decision to retire from international football if Zinedine Zidane replaces France manager Didier Deschamps’… as striker admits to ‘making mistakes’ after being sent home from World Cup
France superstar Karim Benzema could reverse his decision to retire from international football if Zinedine Zidane takes over from Didier Deschamps as manager of the national team.
France were beaten 4-2 on penalties by Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday, missing out on back-to-back trophies after winning the tournament in Russia 2018.
Deschamps’ future as manager of the French side will be decided in the coming weeks and he is reportedly set to meet with FFF president Noel Le Graet in January.
Karim Benzema could reverse his decision to retire from international football, reports claim
The 35-year-old superstar took to Instagram to announce her decision on Monday afternoon
Benzema, who missed the World Cup in Qatar after picking up an injury on the eve of the tournament, decided to call time on his international career in the wake of France’s defeat in the final.
Confirming his departure on Monday, the striker said on social media: ‘I made the effort and the mistakes to be where I am today and I’m proud of them. I have written my story and ours is coming to an end.’
According to reports, Benzema, now back to full fitness, turned down the opportunity to return to Qatar for the final after falling out with Deschamps.
His announcement came in the wake of a reported spat with France boss Didier Deschamps
Benzema ‘may consider returning to the French camp if Zinedine Zidane takes over the team’
Foot Mercato newspaper claim that Benzema would consider returning to the French camp on the condition that Zidane replaces Deschamps at the helm.
Deschamps has refused to confirm whether he will continue as France coach after the team’s heartbreaking defeat in Qatar.
Toni Kroos has since backed Zidane – his former Real Madrid manager – to take over as head coach of the French national team.
Toni Kroos has backed his former Real Madrid boss to take charge of the French national team
France were beaten 4-2 on penalties by Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday evening
“I definitely think that Zizou will not only be a good successor, but the best possible successor,” Kroos insisted on Monday, as quoted by Diario AS.
“The big question is: what does Didier Deschamps want? I would say there is a 70/30 chance for Zizou to become France’s new coach.
“I think he really wants to get back on the training pitch.”