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French Federation chief blocks path to Benzema return

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The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has effectively ruled out any prospect of a return to the national team for Karim Benzema ahead of next year's World Cup.

"You would need to be a bit blind or deaf to not understand that it will be difficult to select him, that seems unquestionable," the FFF's Noel Le Graet told RMC radio on Wednesday.

"It should also be said that we have a certain number of talented players in attack, and it is less of a problem than a few years ago."

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Mesut Ozil remains doubtful for Azerbaijan World Cup qualifier

Mesut Ozil remains doubtful for Azerbaijan World Cup qualifier

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is doubtful for Sunday’s World Cup 2018 qualifier at Azerbaijan after receiving treatment for a back injury, coach Joachim Low said on Saturday. Ozil, who missed their 1-0 friendly win over England on Wednesday, skipped Friday’s training session before the team headed for Baku and will have to wait until later on Saturday for a final decision, the coach said.

“Yesterday Sami Khedira, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler trained normally with no problems at all,” Low told reporters in Baku. The three players were also sidelined for the England game.

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