'Congrats on the final' – Benzema has France change of heart

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Les Bleus' march to the Euro 2016 final has been greeted positively by the absent star, who previously lashed out at Didier Deschamps over his exclusion

Absent striker Karim Benzema has gone back on his criticism of France, congratulating his country on reaching the final of Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid star was not considered for selection after being charged over his involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

Despite being without the Real Madrid star, Didier Deschamps' side have progressed to the decider of the European Championship on home soil, beating world champions Germany in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Before kick-off at Stade Velodrome, Benzema published an Instagram post expressing his support for the national team despite blasting Deschamps for the decision to exclude him before the tournament.

"Not physically present but the heart is ... [wishing you a] good match," he said.

 

Pas présent physiquement mais le coeur y est... Bon Match👊🏼#allezlesbleus

A photo posted by Karim Benzema (@karimbenzema) on

And after two goals from Antoine Griezmann dispatched Joachim Low's team, Benzema used Twitter to demonstrate his goodwill.

"Congratulations to the team and staff !!! Come on, one match [to go]," he wrote.

France will face Benzema's Madrid team-mates Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo when they take on Portugal in the final at Stade de France on Sunday.

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