In another universe, Karim Benzema was starting France’s opening game of the Euro 2016 tournament they are hosting on home soil.

In this one, he was sat on his sofa in some casual sportswear watching on a huge TV screen as Les Bleus took on Romania.

Bonne chance /force

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benaaBenzema’s absence is entirely self-inflicted – he was excluded by France after allegedly playing a role in an attempt to blackmail former team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.

But still, there was something very sad about the scene in his lounge.