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Deschamps hits out at Benzema criticism

4 October 2013 04:42

Didier Deschamps has defended the selection of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in France's squad for their two upcoming matches on home soil.

Benzema was included in the 23-man squad for France's friendly against Australia, which will be held on October 11, and their World Cup qualifier versus Finland four days later, with another Real Madrid player, Raphael Varane, also recalled on Thursday.

Deschamps backed his 25-year-old striker, who has not found the net at international level for 15 months and has endured an indifferent start to the La Liga season.

"Benzema? It is of no concern to you if I call him up or not," Deschamps said.

Varane has not played a competitive match since featuring for Real Madrid against Espanyol in May, with the 20-year-old central defender undergoing surgery on his meniscus and cartilage over the summer.

But Deschamps claimed Varane's inclusion was important as he will allow France to be more flexible in defence.

"Varane is back as well - I needed three players left-footed in central defence with Sakho and (Eric) Abidal," Deschamps said.

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6 - 0

Competition
Friendlies
Date
11 October 2013
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
4 - 0
Full-time
6 - 0
Venue
Parc des Princes (Paris)
Attendance
30000

Goals

F. Ribéry (PG) 8'  
1 - 0
O. Giroud 16'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
2 - 0
O. Giroud 27'
(assist by S. Nasri) 
3 - 0
Y. Cabaye 29'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
4 - 0
M. Debuchy 47'  
5 - 0
K. Benzema 50'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
6 - 0

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