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SPECIAL REPORT | The French national team is supporting Olivier Giroud internally

Booed and whistled before, during and after France’s 3-2 victory over Cameroon at the beginning of the week, Olivier Giroud has received considerable internal support from his teammates and coaching staff.

André Pierre Gignac was the first to come to Giroud’s side, speaking immediately after the match:

“If there were boos, then it is ridiculous. He scored, he played his match, that is what is most important. He continues on his run, I am happy for him.”

Internally, Les Bleus’s players and coaching staff are shocked by the treatment that a certain minority of so-called “supporters” have given Giroud at the beginning of this pre-tournament preparation, according to RMC.

The coaching staff are counting on Giroud to lead the line for France at EURO 2016, with Griezmann and Payet alongside him, in Deschamps’s favoured 4-3-3 formation.

These “morons,” as one member of the French national team described them, are even hoping that Giroud is injured so that he cannot play at EURO 2016. An individual on Monday was seen with a banner that read: “Get injured please Giroud.”

A team-mate of Giroud’s reacted to the banner:

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