France slammed for leaving out Benzema by former Real Madrid star

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The striker was controversially left out of Didier Deschamps' squad after he was charged by police over his alleged involvement in Mathieu Valbuena's sex tape blackmail case

Former Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has criticised France boss Didier Deschamps for leaving Karim Benzema out of his Euro 2016 squad.

The tournament hosts lost to Portugal in Sunday’s final with Eder’s long-range strike in extra time the difference between the two sides.

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Benzema was controversially left out of France’s squad after he was charged by police in November following his involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail former team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

But Arbeloa, who played alongside Benzema, hit out at France’s decision in the wake of their defeat to Portugal.

“That's what you get for leaving the world's best No. 9 at home,” he posted on Twitter, before following up with: “Congratulations Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe.”

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