Olivier Giroud says his France career “is not over” yet

In an interview broadcast on France 2, as reported by RMC, French striker Olivier Giroud has indicated that he has no intention of announcing his international retirement yet, and says he is available for selection.

The Milan forward became France’s all-time top goalscorer at the World Cup, ovetaking Thierry Henry with four goals in Doha to take his tally to 53. After the Euros a year and a half ago, the former Arsenal and Chelsea man had been in and out of the team, before the veteran was thrusted back into the starting striker spot in the wake of Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema’s eleventh-hour injury.

Giroud, who was first called up back in 2011, is ready to go on: “No, it’s not over. I hope there will be more emotions. I’m not ready to hang up my boots yet, and take off this France shirt that’s close to my heart. I’m motivated to go on and I have the fitness for it too, I’m feeling good. For now I’m still available for selection, and I’m a French national team player.”

Les Bleus are back in action at the end of March, following their World Cup final defeat to Argentina, as they take on The Netherlands for the start of the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, at the Stade de France.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin 

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