Real Madrid's Frenchman Karim Benzma's hopes of making a return to France's national team squad for the FIFA World Cup next year have been ended.
The striker who played 81 times for his country has not played a single game for France in over two years after being involved in an alleged blackmail scandal involving former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena and a sex tape.
Benzema has since received a clean chit in the case and he expressed his wish to return to the national team. But, French Football Federation president Noel La Graet has confirmed that a possible return for Benzema for next year's World Cup is "incontestable."
Speaking to RMC, Noel said, "You would have to be blind or deaf to not understand that Benzema will be difficult to select right now. It seems to be incontestable to me."
He further stated, "We must also say that there are a number of talented players in attack, so the problem is perhaps less so than a few years ago. Deschamps picked him a lot during years when he was not brilliant in the French team."
Without Benzema too, France boast an ultra talented forward line consisting of superstar players like Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.