France striker Karim Benzema believes that Sami Nasri should return to the international fold after missing Les Bleus' last five games.
GettyImagesSamir Nasri and Karim Benzema have 89 France caps between them
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Nasri, 25, has not played for his country since Euro 2012, having served a three-match ban for insulting journalists during the tournament and subsequently failed to win a recall for last month's friendly with Japan and World Cup qualifier against Spain.
The Manchester City playmaker has again been omitted from Didier Deschamps' squad for the upcoming friendly against Italy, but Benzema feels that Nasri - whom he has played with at every international level from Under-17 to the senior side - would give France a boost were he to be selected again.
"We need to leave him alone, we need to trust him. I think he will bring a lot of good things to the France team," Benzema told TF1.
"He already played at a very high level, he knows the Champions League. That's my opinion, we'll see what the coach will do."
Deschamps has previously stated that the international door is not closed to Nasri, though Lille's Dimitri Payet was picked in his place for the Italy match despite struggling for form so far this season.
Real Madrid star Benzema will also be absent for Wednesday's clash with the Azzurri as he continues his recovery from an adductor injury.
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