At the turn of a long interview for The team, the second top scorer in the history of the Blues explained that he remained available to the selection, where he has not been called since the Euro.
Once again removed from the list of Didier Deschamps, who unveiled Thursday the identity of the 23 players who will try to confirm the qualification for the 2022 World Cup in a week, Olivier Giroud still renounces any mention of a possible international retirement. “I don’t know if I’ll be the person to say, one day, I’m stopping the France team. From the moment I am selectable, the coach knows that I am there if he needs me, ”explained the French international in a long interview with The team .
“I always fought, even more with my back to the wall. So, I’m not going to say that I no longer believe in it… ”, continues the one who remains five units behind Thierry Henry’s record for Blue goals (51 goals). A record that does not haunt his nights: “Thierry Henry has left his mark on French football even more. Statistically, I’m right behind. And there will be many young people who will surpass me! We must not force things. ”
« A tactical imbalance » with the return of Benzema
On the subject of the Euro, a competition from which he is no longer summoned, the part of the selection (110 capes in Blue) recalls that he was not consulted – like nobody – about the return of Karim Benzema, with who « everything went well in the competition« . A surprise return which, according to Giroud, resulted in “a tactical imbalance in the team and in the way of playing. «
The new Milan player also drew up the differences between the living conditions in Istra (Russia), during the world title in 2018, and those at the Euro, marked by the health context: “These drastic rules have inflated us all! These conditions weighed heavily on mental and morale. It was all overwhelming. ”