New details over Karim Benzema's acrimonious split from France has emerged, with his presence reportedly causing tension with Antoine Griezmann, while others feared he would be a bad influence in Qatar.
Benzema was sent home on the eve of the tournament after picking up an injury, but there was some speculation that he could have returned for the final after playing in a friendly for Real Madrid.
However, he reportedly rejected the opportunity to go back to Qatar after falling out with manager Didier Deschamps, and took to social media to confirm that he has decided to call time on his international career after the final defeat.
More details over why Benzema chose to retire from international duty are now beginning to emerge with Spanish news outlet AS reporting that Griezmann felt too much social media coverage was spent on the Real Madrid striker and not covering him during the build up and during the tournament.
The report goes on to claim that Griezmann was 'concerned' over how little he appeared on social media compared to Benzema, which nearly prompted an 'executive meeting' with the French Football Federation to address these concerns.
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