France striker Karim Benzema has announced his retirement from international football on his 35th birthday, a day after France lost against Argentina on penalties in the FIFA World Cup final. Karim Benzema, who scored 37 times in 97 appearances, was expected to lead the French team in Qatar but has missed the tournament after suffering a thigh injury in training the day before the World Cup began.
Benzema wrote on Twitter that he made the effort and mistakes it took to be where he is today, and he is proud of it. Karim Benzema made his international debut in 2007, and has played at the European Championship in 2008, 2012, and the 2014 World Cup but he has been dropped from the next two major tournaments over a blackmail scandal.
Karim Benzema recalled in 2021 for Euro 2020, where his side lost in the last 16, and he helped France win the Nations League in October 2021. Karim Benzema had an amazing campaign with Real Madrid last season, and he scored 44 goals in 46 games as he inspired many people to a La Liga and Champions League double.
Since Benzema’s return to the international team, he has scored 10 goals in 16 appearances.