Watch: Giroud sets France record and eyes Henry’s total – Deschamps full of praise

By Oliver Fisher -

Olivier Giroud moved two goals away from Thierry Henry’s record as France’s all-time leading goal scorer as he netted in the win over Austria last night.

Giroud has five goals in nine games for Milan so far this season which has earned him a recall to the France squad, and he is very close to achieving what would be a remarkable milestone, with the objective of getting a spot on the plane for the Qatar World Cup.

The 35-year-old is now the oldest goalscorer in French national team history, and he sealed that landmark with a textbook powerful header from a cross.

France head coach Didier Deschamps spoke after the win against Austria and he was asked about Giroud’s influence on the group and his performances on the night, with relaying his comments.

“Standing ovation? I am very happy for Olivier. He deserved it. It should not be forgotten that in the past, when he did not play consistently in clubs, he was still with us. But he didn’t give up and I’m happy with what he did. If I call him it is because I think he can be decisive by scoring goals,” he said.

“He’s missing two to get to Henry’s record, he’s been part of a lot of attacking chances and that’s good for both him and us. Will I take him to the World Cup? The important thing is that he continues to perform so well. There are many strong players in all roles and this will allow me to have a wide choice between now and the final call-up in November.”

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  1. Benzema hasn’t performed well with France on the big stage. He is a Madrid first player. Giroud is a bonafide leader and his body language is one of the keys to France’s success.

  2. As I said recently, one of the best headers of the ball consistently for the past decade. And what a leader in the dressing room too. Grande Oli!!!

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