BREAKING NEWS: Karim Benzema announces he’s RETIRING from international football and admits to ‘making mistakes’ after being sent home from the World Cup in spat with boss Didier Deschamps
- France striker Karim Benzema has decided to retire from international football
- He missed the World Cup after picking up an injury before the tournament
- There was some speculation that he could return for Sunday’s final
- However, he did not to return to Qatar after falling out with Didier Deschamps
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Karim Benzema has announced his retirement from international football after missing France’s run to the World Cup final.
Benzema was sent home on the eve of the tournament after picking up an injury, but there was some speculation that he could have returned for the final after playing in a friendly for Real Madrid.
However, he reportedly rejected the opportunity to go back to Qatar after falling out with manager Didier Deschamps, and has now taken to social media to confirm that he has decided to call time on his international career.
Karim Benzema has decided to retire from international football after missing the World Cup
Benzema announced his decision on Instagram on Monday afternoon
Benzema’s announcement comes after a reported spat with France boss Didier Deschamps
‘I made the effort and the mistakes it took to be where I am today and I’m proud of it! I have written my story and ours is ending,’ Benzema wrote on Instagram on Monday afternoon.
Benzema’s shock announcement comes less than 24 hours after France’s defeat against Argentina, as Deschamps’s side were denied in their quest to win back-to-back World Cups.
Deschamps is planning to hold talks with the French Football Federation in the new year over his future, but Benzema has opted to not wait to see how those discussions play out and has quit the national team.
Benzema finishes his France career with 37 goals in 97 caps, but his journey with the national team has been far from smooth since his debut 15 years ago.
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