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Veteran Olivier Giroud could play a key role again at Les Bleus 11/21/2022

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Olivier Giroud hopes for a breakthrough Thierry HenryHe entered the tournament in Qatar after a great period with Milan in the World Cup this year, and he holds the record for France as the best scorer in the World Cup finals this year.

Giroud turned 36 in September and hasn’t been a regular starter for France teams lately, but his nine goals this season have convinced France to train with the Serie A champions. Didier Deschamps To transfer the largest to Qatar.

This will be the Giro’s third World Cup, and although he is expected to play mainly off the bench, he could play a key role if his fitness is in question. Karim Benzema.

“It’s kind of a blessing for me to have the chance to play for my country in a third World Cup. I want to enjoy every moment, of course, I have that goal in mind to win,” Giroud told reporters before France’s training session at Qatar’s Al Sadd Stadium in Doha. Titi”, but the important thing is to go as far as a team in the competition. »

Giroud – qui a disputé les trois championnats d’Europe – is devenu le meilleur buteur international de tous les temps in France lorsqu’il a marqué son 49e but pour his son pays lors d’un match de l’UEFA Nations League contre l’Autriche in September.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker, who won 114 caps, is just two goals away from equaling Henry’s 1998 World Cup tally of 51 for the Blues.

Despite his relatively advanced age, he may be in functional form and his recent acrobatic results have been compared to some. Zlatan Ibrahimovic at its peak.

“I don’t know if I’m at my best, and if you look at some of the goals I’ve scored in the past, I’ve already had a few as many as Zlatan,” he said. “I love scoring acrobatic goals. But it’s true that I’m in a good mood. Physically I feel good, and I’m happy with my performance and my team.” At 36, it’s a gift. I hope to continue to be so important and to feel so good. »

Giroud was France’s target in 2018, but didn’t score in Russia’s World Cup victory – his only World Cup goal to date came against Switzerland in Brazil in 2014.

He is expected to start when France begin their defense of the trophy against Australia in Al Wakrah on Tuesday as Benzema struggles to maintain his fitness.

The Real Madrid forward and Ballon d’Or winner has a hamstring problem and has played just 26 minutes in Real Madrid’s last six games.

The French national team has already suffered a wave of injuries, including absentees in Qatar Paul Pogba And the Ngolo Conte2018’s starting midfield duo. RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku pulled out of his last training session in France on Tuesday with a knee injury before traveling to Qatar.

This created a sense of concern in the French camp that further injuries could derail their cup defense.

“There is always some exposure to injury, but you have to train normally and not think about it,” Giroud said.

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