Benzema urged to ask FIFA for Algeria switch

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been advised by his former agent to approach FIFA and ask for special dispensation to allow him to switch from France to Algeria.

The 30-year-old forward has not played for the French national team since 2015, and has once again been snubbed by manager Didier Deschamps.

Benzema was born in France to Algerian parents, as were the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi and Sofiane Feghouli. He was not part of the squad that won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

FIFA rules state that a player can only switch from one nation to another if they have not featured in a competitive match for that country.

This is a worldwide rule that was introduced after the Algerian FA held meetings with FIFA back in January 2004, when Anthar Yahia became the first ever player to do so after representing France at youth level.

However, as Benzema feels he is unfairly being alienated from playing for France, he may feel he has specific circumstances in which he can switch country.

Morocco had a similar case earlier this year when they tried to get Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi to play for them despite him already featuring for Spain.

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