Marcus Thuram on his maiden goal with France: “I’m very proud.”

Marcus Thuram (26) has had a couple of days to remember. The 26-year-old centre-forward opened his account with Inter Milan against Fiorentina on Sunday and he also scored his maiden goal with France yesterday.

The former Guingamp striker found the back of Ireland’s net after a goalmouth scramble. Thuram came off the bench in the first half to replace Olivier Giroud, who took a knock to his ankle. “I’m very proud, it’s a great satisfaction to score in a stadium like the Parc des Princes”, said the former Borussia Mönchengladbach striker to TF1. It’s always a pleasure to score in front of my family.

Marcus Thuram is the second player in the history of Les Bleus, after Youri Djorkaeff, to score a goal for France like his father did. As a nod to history, Marcus Thuram also wore his father’s #15 France jersey. Thuram is the third Inter player to score for France, following in the footsteps of Djorkaeff and Laurent Blanc. He is one goal short of equalling his father’s goal tally for Les Bleus. Thuram famously scored his only two goals for France in Les Bleus’ comeback 2-1 win against Croatia in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup. “I could have scored two tonight. Still, it was a good evening!”, his eldest son said.

With Giroud maybe missing out on Tuesday’s friendly game against Germany at Dortmund, Thuram may be in line to start against Hansi Flick’s side.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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