Monaco defender Eric Abidal has jumped to the defense of struggling France striker Karim Benzema, saying his drought and lack of confidence will not be solved by dropping him.
The Real Madrid forward has been under-fire, as his goalless run with les Bleus has reached a staggering 15 games, with his last goal coming in a friendly against Estonia in June 2012.
France coach Didier Deschamps decided to drop the former Lyon striker in favor of Olivier Giroud in the team's most recent qualifier, a 4-2 demolition of Belarus, but he could be in line to play against Australia and Finland, and Abidal has urged Deschamps to keep faith with the 25-year-old.
“I don’t think leaving him on the bench or in the stands is the solution,” he told beINSport.
Despite his well-documented struggles at international level, Benzema's record with Madrid is more reassuring for Deschamps, with four goals and four assists this season, and has been called up for France’s friendly with Australia and its final qualifier against Finland.