Benzema has demanded Deschamps “look me in the eye” and explain why he continues to be overlooked.
But the Les Bleus coach stated: “I will make only one answer: The French team was built before the Euros, it was consolidated through the competition where it reached the final. It was a competitor, it continued to be in the qualifying phase. I have a group in which there is a balance, a harmony, a dynamic that has been created in this team of France.
“I trusted players who answered well, I also incorporated young players because I consider that they have great potential. They represent the present and the future. I will also remind you that I am the sole decision-maker, and I make decisions in a sporting context. I make choices of players to constitute a group, and I considered that it was above all.
“I choose this for the good of the French team. Every time I analyze, I think, I discuss with my technical staff and I choose. I assume these choices. I have always acted like this, and I will not change.”
Source: Tribal football