Giroud discusses his role as a starter for France: “My competitive spirit drives me”

By Isak Möller -

As a result of Karim Benzema’s injury, Olivier Giroud will be the starting striker for France at the World Cup. He’s had a good season with AC Milan thus far and will be looking to continue on that path. 

Giroud has been confirmed as the primary No.9 for France amid the injury of Karim Benzema, who was expected to miss the first game anyway. The 36-year-old now knows that he will be the starter for the entire tournament, which must be a boost.

Speaking to Le Parisien ahead of France’s clash against Australia tomorrow, Giroud stated that he doesn’t set any limits for himself. He was also asked about breaking Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record, currently just two goals from equalling it.

On the World Cup…

“I’ve been in the national team for eleven years now. My competitive spirit drives me to constantly aim for even more. I thirst for victories, for trophies. At my age, being able to be so decisive and feel good is a real happiness,” he said as cited by

On limitations…

“I don’t limit myself. I said it could be my last games for France, but I don’t want to announce anything. I will play until my body says stop.”

On Henry’s record…

“Breaking the record would be a bonus, but the main goal is to go as far as possible with the team, while contributing my stone to the building. Later, if I can get close to him…”

Giroud has shown with Milan, especially in the big games, that he knows how to step up and it will be very interesting to see him with France. They need him to do well in order to go far.

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