More than five years after his last selection match, Karim Benzema is expected to return to the French team for the Euro. With what number?
The news had the effect of a bomb. Almost five years after his last match with the Blues, Karim Benzema is preparing to return to the French team. The Real Madrid striker should be called up by Didier Deschamps to play the Euro.
The return to the selection of the White House striker occupies the canvas very largely and arouses many reactions. Its convocation calls for many questions, in particular on the modifications that Didier Deschamps could make to his offensive animation.
At 33, Karim Benzema is a star of world football and it is difficult to imagine him on the bench, given his level, his aura and the popularity he enjoys with the French. If Deschamps decides to make him one of his incumbents again, he should align him to the number 9 position.
A number that he will not wear on his jersey, however. According to L’Équipe, Karim Benzema will wear number 19 with the Blues.
A number he already wore when he made his debut in Lyon
While it was difficult to imagine him taking the number 10 from Kylian Mbappé or the 9 from Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema should finally opt for the number 19. A number which is not completely trivial for him.
Indeed, the former resident of Olympique Lyonnais already wore it during his debut with OL, from 2005 to 2007, before being awarded the number 10.
On the other hand, it will be the first time that Karim Benzema will wear it for the Blues. Previously, he had worn the 18 in the young French sections before alternating between the numbers 9 and 10 throughout his international career.