Benzema: Maybe my critics like me too much!

The Real Madrid and France striker downplayed concerns over his national team form after scoring twice in a 4-0 against Armenia on Thursday

Karim Benzema suggested that his critics like him “too much” after ending a 12-game goalscoring drought for France in a 4-0 win over Armenia on Thursday.

The Real Madrid striker scored twice, also creating the opener for Antoine Griezmann, and after the match in Nice he downplayed claims he is not happy when playing for his national team.

“I do not know if there is a debate,” the 27-year old responded to Sport24 when asked about the conversations focusing on his form and commitment to Didier Deschamps’ side.

“I’m happy to join up with the team. I have heard some [people] say I was not happy and that I do not want to join the France team, but that is wrong!

“I’m happy when I’m with the Blues. I want to win titles with this team. I do not know why there are so many questions about me.

“Maybe some people have problems, worries or maybe they like me too much, I do not know.”

Benzema, who is the top scorer in La Liga at the moment with six goals, was forced off in the second half with a hamstring problem, but Deschamps insisted it was nothing serious.

“He felt a little discomfort,” the France coach explained, “but it’s not serious. There is a little something, though, and he will find out more after tests on Friday.”

Next up for France, who host next summer’s European Championships, are Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday.

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