Benzema resigned to bench role for France

The striker insists he will remain professional should Didier Deschamps opt to leave him out of the starting XI for the upcoming internationals with Australia and Finland
Karim Benzema claims he will not kick up a fuss should he be omitted from the France starting line-up for their forthcoming matches.

The Real Madrid striker has failed to find the back of the net in 1,217 minutes of international football, and was consigned to the bench for les Bleus' 4-2 win over Belarus in September.

Didier Deschamps' side face Australia in a friendly on Friday before a crucial World Cup qualifier with Finland next week, and Benzema has insisted he will support the team to the hilt in both matches - even if he must do so from the sidelines.

"He [Deschamps] has a team in place and that's it," he told reporters on Wednesday. "The coach is the one who makes the choice.

"I'm professional. I'm in the France team. If he asks me, I play. If I'm on the sidelines, I'm supporting my team-mates, so they can play a great game."

France currently sit level with Group I leaders Spain in their bid to reach Brazil 2014, though they have played one game more.