Griezmann wants France recall for Benzema

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has called for France team-mate and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to be recalled to the national team setup.

Benzema has seemingly been banished from the France squad after missing out on Euro 2016, having been punished for his part in a sex tape scandal that involved international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

In the absence of Benzema, Griezmann played a crucial role for Les Blues as they progressed all the ay to the final of the European Championship on home soil, before ultimately suffering a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Portugal.

Griezmann claimed the Euro 2016 Golden Boot with six goals, prompting some to label him the 'anti-Benzema' due to his exemplary behaviour on and off the pitch.

However, the player is not interested in such comparisons, and wants his Real counterpart to make a return to the national team.

"What does it mean to be the anti-Benzema? We all have our own personality," Griezmann told Parisien Magazine.

"We should know when to forget. I have also been fortunate. What happened with France Under-21's changed me. I was only 18 or 19 at the time. I was just a kid who had arrived in the world of professional football and thought he could do anything he wanted.

"But I have learned from my mistakes. I have done everything to change, both on and off the pitch.

"It is the same with Patrice Evra. People made it out as if he was a bad influence when I joined the national team, but he is actually the guy who encourages us all.

"We should not listen to everything that is being said."