Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema looked poised to be included in France’s squad for next month’s European Championship in a surprise move by coach Didier Deschamps on Tuesday.

Benzema, who has scored 29 goals in all competitions for Real this season, has not played for Les Bleus since 2015 following a blackmailing scandal – over which he faces a trial in October.

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He also said in 2016 that Deschamps had “bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France” when leaving the player out of the Euros squad that year.

French newspaper Le Parisien reported on Tuesday that the 33-year-old, who scored 27 goals from 81 caps, would feature in Deschamps’s 26-man squad.

Deschamps will unveil his list of players later on Tuesday, around 1820GMT.

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