PARIS: Karim Benzema was named in France’s provisional Euro 2020 squad by Didier Deschamps on Wednesday, giving the Real Madrid striker a shock international recall after years in the wilderness over his alleged role in a blackmail plot. The 33-year-old has not played for France since October 2015, but is now set to line up alongside World Cup winners Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann at the delayed European Championship. “So proud of this return to the France team and of the trust placed in me,” Benzema said on Twitter. “Thank you to my family, my friends, my club… and to all those who have always supported me and give me strength every day.” Benzema, who has scored 27 goals for France in 81 appearances, was named as this season’s best French player playing abroad by the country’s players’ association earlier on Tuesday. He has netted 29 times for Real Madrid this term, passing 20 league goals in all three seasons since Cristiano Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus in 2018.