France Coach Didier Deschamps has ruled out a return to the international setup for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.
The striker has not been selected in the squad since being omitted for the 2016 European Championships, despite issuing a recent plea for returning to the fold.
“I didn’t see the Benzema interview as I rarely read the newspapers,” Deschamps told reporters.
“Obviously I’ve now heard the majority of it and every player is free to talk and a lot of players don’t say they would like to play for the French national team.
“You know where I stand on this matter and that will remain if I don’t change my mind.
“My decision is taking while thinking about the group, it is not a problem.”
The Real Madrid striker scored twice during his last appearance for Les Bleus in a 4-0 friendly win over Armenia in October 2015.
However, shortly after he became embroiled in a scandal involving an alleged attempt to blackmail international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.