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France coach Didier Deschamps refuses to call up a replacement for Benzema

France's head coach Didier Deschamps reacts at a training session at the Jassim-bin-Hamad Stadium in Doha on November 19, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament

France head coach Didier Deschamps has opted against calling up a replacement for striker Karim Benzema, according to TF1 (via beIN SPORTS).

Benzema pulled out of the squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar yesterday. He suffered a quadriceps tear that has ruled him out of the tournament.

He has been nursing injuries all season. The forward had to limp off against Celtic in the Champions League around a month ago.

Even after he returned, he was showing signs of muscle fatigue. Carlo Ancelotti left him on the bench for the final games ahead of the World Cup.

Since joining Les Bleus a few days ago, Benzema has been training alone. He rejoined the group yesterday for his first session, only to suffer another injury.

The Real Madrid striker confirmed his decision to pull out of the squad with a post on Instagram.

Deschamps said he was sad for the former Lyon man, who reportedly left Doha this morning.

However, despite Benzema leaving the group to make space for a replacement, the France boss has decided not to select a replacement.

Deschamps could have called Martin Terrier, Moussa Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder, Anthony Martial, and Alexandre Lacazette, but he has not.

He will go into the tournament with Olivier Giroud and Marcus Thuram as his strikers.

Eintracht Frankfurt man Randal Kolo Muani can also fill in as a striker if required. Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann can also play centrally.

France begin their World Cup tournament against Australia on Thursday, and Giroud will lead the line for Deschamps.

The AC Milan striker can become France’s all-time top scorer at the World Cup if he scores three goals.

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