Karim Benzema threatens to switch international teams after latest France snub

Karim Benzema wants to switch national teams.

Karim Benzema has a very complicated relationship with the French national team.

Despite being one of the world's best strikers over the past decade - and arguably the best French striker - he hasn't featured for the national team since 2015.

He's scored 100 goals for Real Madrid in that time and yet missed Euro 2016 on home soil, as well as the victorious 2018 World Cup campaign.

But then, controversy has always followed Benzema.

He missed the 2010 World Cup right after a sex scandal - although, it's maintained that he was simply out of form for Real and that's why he was left out.

And then another scandal followed in 2015, this time involving the blackmail of teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Benzema hasn't represented France since and blamed his exclusion from the 2016 squad on 'racial elements' of the French Football Federation.

For 2018, he placed the blame squarely at the feet of FFF President Noel Le Graet, accusing him of being involved in team selections.

Benzema's form for Real over the last two years has sparked talk of a return to the national side, though.

Benzema playing for France in 2015.

However, Le Graet says his time with France is over.

"Karim Benzema is a very good player, I have never doubted his qualities," he said. "On the contrary, he shows Real Madrid that he is one of the best players around. But his adventure with the French National team is over."

And the 31-year-old responded on Twitter, again mentioning the president's influence over team decisions. Interestingly, he also brings up the idea of playing for another country.

Benzema was caught up in a blackmail scandal involving Valbuena.

"Noel, I thought you weren't interfering with the coach's decisions!" he wrote. "I want you to know that I and I alone would end my international career. If you think I'm finished, let me play for one of the countries that I'm eligible for and we'll see."

It seems highly unlikely that he could, however. Despite being of Algerian descent, he has played competitively for France and isn't allowed to switch under FIFA rules.

Still, his controversy with the national side continues - and this may be a fight he's willing to take to FIFA.

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