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As France boss, Didier Deschamps is, of course, aiming to do what he did as a player, and follow up a World Cup win with a Euro success.

The 52-year-old has already raised eyebrows by recalling 33-year-old Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema to his squad after a five-year absence.

Deschamps said: “There were a few steps before he came back into the France team. But I won’t go into detail. It’s between me and him.

“The first step was having the opportunity to meet and have a long talk. Then I went through a whole thinking process.

“So, he’s here now. He’s happy to be with us, I’m happy to have him here, and so are the squad because our purpose is the same. We all want to be as competitive as possible.

“What can he bring to the team? What he does. What he’s been able to do with [Real Madrid] over the past few years, and what he used to do with France even if it was quite a long time ago and he’s a different player now.

“He’s improved, he’s more mature, for sure. But that doesn’t just apply to Karim – it’s the same for all players. It’s a matter of experience. But he can do a lot. He is a leader from a technical point of view.”

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