Karim Benzema has waited more than five years to return to the French football team and now he will want to win his first major title with the team.
Benzema led France to the Nations League title after touching the net in the semi-finals and final on Sunday, but unlike his colleagues Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, he was not part of the squad that won the Cup of the world 2018.
The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward put in a superb performance in his second tournament appearance with France after the European Championship last summer.
“We are going to enjoy this title and then we will go to the World Cup (next year),” Benzema said after beating Spain in the final on Sunday, 2-1, when he equalized with a superb shot. .
Despite Spain’s possession of the ball, France played calm and Benzema and Mbappe decided on the win.
France coach Didier Deschamps has said Benzema’s contribution to the national team goes beyond goals scored. He is in excellent physical condition than before and more mature. He has the desire to win.
“He is an important player for the future,” added Deschamps, after France avoided losing after falling behind for the seventh time this year. Above his talent, his personality and mental strength are important factors at this level.
Benzema, who has scored six goals since returning to the national team, like Griezmann, added: I’m proud of what I’ve done for a long time. Coming back to the national team and winning makes me happy, this title increases my ambition in the future with the national team because this team has great potential.
France must beat either Kazakhstan or Finland away next month to advance to the World Cup finals.