Will Olivier Giroud take part in the World Cup in Qatar? Two months before the start of the World Cup (November 20-December 18), the suspense is total. This Sunday morning on the Téléfoot program on TF1, Didier Deschamps spoke about the international striker (112 caps) of almost 36 years (he will celebrate them at the end of the month). The 2nd top scorer in the history of the Blues (48 goals) has been recalled for the rally which begins this Monday with two League of Nations matches against Austria at the Stade de France and in Denmark (September 22 and 25).
“I have always considered that a player who has a status must keep the same status in the France team, considers the coach of the Blues. Humanly, it’s very difficult when you don’t keep it (status). I have a pencil with an eraser to compose my list for the World Cup. You have to anticipate. »
Twice scorer for the Blues last March but…
Olivier Giroud is having an excellent start to the season with his club AC Milan. Holder at the forefront of the Lombard attack, he scored 4 goals in 8 games in all competitions (Serie A and Champions League). He has only been recalled once since the last Euro in June 2021, during which he had a bad experience of his replacement status with the return of Karim Benzema. He notably attacked Kylian Mbappé indirectly a few days before the start of the competition. Again called up to the Blues last March, the former Montpellier and Chelsea striker had retained his scoring qualities by scoring in the two friendly matches against Côte d’Ivoire (2-1) in Marseille and then South Africa (5-0) in Lille.
« We see that Didier does not want to take him for the World Cup »
Asked about the possibility of seeing Olivier Giroud at the World Cup, the 2018 world champion Bixente Lizarazu replied in the negative. “We see that Didier does not want to take him for the World Cup, declares the consultant for TF1. However, I will take it. Even if Giroud is a substitute at the World Cup, it is important to have additional forces in attack. And he will know how to appreciate the crumbs that are given to him. »
About Paul Pogba, who has just had meniscus surgery, and the World Cup, Didier Deschamps has not closed the door. “I know Paul well, he will do everything to recover as quickly as possible and be with us in November. But the timing is short and he will come provided he is fit and in competitive mode,” he said. The world champion midfielder is also at the heart of a blackmail and fraud case of which he is the victim and for which his brother Mathias and four other people have been indicted and imprisoned.
Regarding the turmoil within the FFF after the investigations of So Foot last week and the Norwegian media Josimar this Friday describing in a supported manner a toxic climate within the French football federation, the coach repeated what he had said at a press conference last Thursday. “There are so many wrong things, lies that have been said… It brings an atmosphere that is not calm and serene. The most important is the internal life. With my staff and my players, there is no problem. But, it’s true that it’s not the best of climates, that’s for sure. »