Martial & Giroud in? How France could line up without Benzema

Didier Deschamps will be without the Real Madrid forward for Euro 2016 due to the Mathieu Valbuena sex-tape case, leaving him with a selection dilemma in attack
With Karim Benzema having been ruled out of this summer's European Championship, manager Didier Deschamps faces a selection dilemma ahead of the tournament.

Benzema has missed just nine matches since Deschamps's arrival in 2012 and the coach will have to find a suitable replacement. One current contender is Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, who could replace Benzema and lead the line, while Anthony Martial may complement him on the left.

The young Manchester United star could yet emerge as the main beneficiary of the situation, with his form at Old Trafford making him a credible option at centre forward at international level.







If Martial does play centrally it could open up a position for Kingsley Coman on the wing but the pair's relative inexperience may concern Deschamps, who has been tasked with winning Euro 2016 on home soil.

Andre-Pierre Gignac is a more established option and Alexandre Lacazette is another alternative if he can return to his form of last season at club level.

A potential wild-card selection is Hatem Ben Arfa, who has returned to contention following his move to Nice from Newcastle.

Ben Arfa's career so far has been far from straightforward but his creativity and flair could tempt Deschamps to hand him a start in at least one of the pre-tournament friendlies.

The injury sustained by Paul-Georges Ntep further enhances Ben Arfa's chances, and the 28-year-old certainly has something to prove.