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Video: The Karim Benzema statistic he will not want to see after missing penalty on France return

Video: The Karim Benzema statistic he will not want to see after missing penalty on France return

Benzema returns for France

France head coach Didier Deschamps was a reserved character when asked about his conversations with Karim Benzema.

The Real Madrid man returned the the squad for the first time since 2014 after a controversy saw him exiled.

“I’m not going to give you or anyone else any more details about that,” Deschamps said.

Video: The Karim Benzema statistic he will not want to see after missing penalty on France return

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 28: Didier Deschamps, coach of France smiles during the International Friendly match between France and Spain at Stade de France on March 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

“You know the story of our meeting, the most important step: we met and talked. Without that, it would have been impossible.”

He was however picked to start for France at the first opportunity showing clearly any ill feeling was solidly in the past.

Benzema’s dire penalty statistic

Despite the jubilance at his return, he marked it in a less than perfect way, missing a penalty in the friendly with Wales.

However, what was revealed after the penalty had been missed was that Benzema had continued a bad run for France of which Didier Deschamps may think twice about allowing the Real Madrid forward to take the spot kicks.

Typically Antoine Griezmann had been on penalty duties but he too has had a poor record from the spot of late.

France will need to get some serious practice in before the tournament.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.