Olivier Giroud reflecting on France retirement

Olivier Giroud is considering his future with the French national team. At 36 years old, the all-time leading goal scorer for Les Bleus (53 goals in 120 appearances) stated that he is still available for selection, but the recent announcement of the retirement of his close friend, Hugo Lloris, has caused him to question his own future.

Giroud told Canal+ For now, I’ll continue. It affected me to see Hugo retire after spending so many years together. I had a special relationship with him. It’s a turning page, but it’s true that it made me think.” He added, “I have to ask myself if I still truly want to wear the blue shirt.

When asked if he plans to join the team for the next international link-up in March, Giroud replied, “Anything can happen. As long as I haven’t announced my retirement from international play, I am eligible for selection. You know how important it is to me, that’s why I am taking my time to make a decision.”

Giroud also reacted to losing the World Cup final, only a little over a month after the loss on penalties against Argentina, saying that he has “moved on” but the loss “hurt my heart, I didn’t see any images again, I wanted to cut it out to try and forget as quickly as possible.”

Both Hugo Lloris and Karim Benzema announced their retirement from Les Bleus following the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup, albiet both in separate circumstances it looks like France’s top goalscorer will need some reflection going into the next round of international fixtures in March, as the striker returns to plying his trade for AC Milan in the Serie A.

GFFN | George Boxall

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