Karim Benzema: The striker, the French national team, cannot do without
Karim Benzema is one of the finest strikers in the world with outstanding quality and goal-scoring ability. He is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
In 2016, the French international was suspended from the national team due to a sex tape scandal between him and his countryman Mathieu Valbuena.
Since his suspension from the national team, they have lacked a quality striker with a killer instinct. The team's head coach Didier Deschamps was left with centre forwards with less killer instinct.
Olivier Giroud, Kevin Gameiro, Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial and many others have been used as the team's point man. These players have had a low effect on the team.
The French national team is undoubtfully one of the best international teams in the world. They have been dominating on many stages for many years, coming up high against many big teams.
In 2018, they won the FIFA World Cup with outstanding performances. Even though they lifted the World Cup for the second time in 2018, the team lacked a centre forward with a killer instinct.
On May 18 2021, Real Madrid's super striker Karim Benzema was recalled to the French's national team for the first time in five years. A team that already has some great attacking players in Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann was happy to have another goal-getter among them.
Benzema's return to the team was a great addition, creating one of the strongest pairings in the world. With Benzema joining Mbappé and Griezmann, the French team could get more goals from the quality front three.
French national team without Karim Benzema in the past five years
Since the absence of Karim Benzema in the French's national team, Didier Deschamps has tried to select quality centre forwards that will pair well with his already talented squad, but it has never gone well.
The strikers he had selected in the past years are great players, but they lacked the killer instinct to move a team to a greater level. They have all tried their best to fit into the team, but it has never worked out.
The former Chelsea's striker failed to record a single shot on target throughout the tournament, and pundits criticised him for his poor performances.
Stat: Benzema since returning to the French national team
Benzema's return to the national team has turned out good for Deschamps. He now has a front three pairings that can win matches at any crucial moment.
Benzema's return has made the French team one of the strongest attacking three in Europe. He has increased the team's scoring rate and link-up play.
He knows precisely when to shot and when to give assists; his link-up play with Mbappe and Griezmann has been superb; his return has immediately increased the team's quality.
Since Benzema's return, he has shown why he is undroppable; he has scored seven goals for the national team, an immediate impact in such a short term.
He has shown what the team has been missing. Benzema has been praised for his impact since his return to the national team.
Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe all smile after winning the Nations League Cup
Benzema made his first appearance since returning to the national team in a 3-0 win against Wales. He marked his return with a goal in the game against The Red Devils. On June 23 2021,
Benzema again registered his name on the scoresheet after bagging a brace in a 2-2 draw against Portugal in the European Championship.
He also scored another brace in the team's round-of-16 match against Switzerland, in which they were later defeated in a penalty shootout.
In the semi-final and finals of the just concluded Nations League, Karim Benzema stepped up again for the French's national team, helping them come from behind to win the Nations League for the first time in French history.
In the semi-final, Benzema scored the first goal that helped France come from behind to win Belgium 3-2. At the final against Spain, he was an essential player for the French team; he scored the first goal as France came behind again to win Spain 2-1.
Benzema was given the Man of the Match award for his outstanding performance in the Nations League final. He has come up big for Deschamps' team showing why he is undroppable in the team.
Mbappe celebrates France's goal with Benzema during the Nations League final against spain
What Qatar 2022 World Cup holds for France and Benzema
With the Qatar 2022 World Cup coming soon, the French's national team will be going into the tournament with their spirit high after lifting the 2021 Nations League trophy.
The team is stronger with Benzema in front, which is a boast for The Blues. They will be a big threat to any team with their quality front-three in Benzema, Mbappé and Griezmann.
France currently leads Group D in the World Cup qualification above Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland and Kazakhstan. They will be hoping to finish first in the table with two matches remaining.