Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been included in France’s 26-man squad for Euro 2020, coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

Benzema, who has netted 29 goals in all competitions for Madrid this season, has been absent for Les Bleus since 2015 after a blackmailing scandal over which he faces a trial in October.

He also said in 2016 that Deschamps had “bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France” when leaving the forward out of the Euro squad that year.

33-year-old Benzema, who has 27 goals in 81 games for France, features in the 26-man squad alongside fellow forwards Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Marcus Thuram.

Benzema was awarded best French player in a foreign league by the French professional footballers’ union on Sunday.

Euro 2020, which has been delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starts on June 11. France are in Group F with Germany, Hungary and Portugal.