In-form Karim Benzema faces bench-warmer Olivier Giroud for the first time as Real Madrid takes on Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday, and while who prevails in that match is anyone’s guess, only the latter is set to represent France at the Euros in June.

Benzema, now 33 and a four-time Champions League winner who has netted 27 goals in 39 appearances this season, has not played for his country since October 2015.

A blackmailing scandal – over which Benzema faces a trial in October – and his 2016 comment that coach Didier Deschamps had “bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France” when leaving the player, a Muslim of Algerian descent, out of the Euros squad that year have put his international career in a deep freeze.

Giroud, whose playing time at Chelsea has been shrinking under new coach Thomas Tuchel, has never won the Champions League and only has…

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