It Is Not Over Yet: France’s Red Hot Veteran Striker
Olivier Giroud, who has scored an impressive 56 goals in 120 appearances for France, is still going strong at the age of 36. He is currently playing for Serie A giants AC Milan and believes he still has a lot to offer to Les Bleus following the heartbreaking defeat to Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final.
When asked if he plans on ruling himself out of contention for future call–ups from Didier Deschamps, Giroud told France 2, “No, no, it‘s not over. I still have emotions and I‘m not ready to hang up my boots and take off the blue jersey which is close to my heart.
I have the motivation to continue and the physique too, I feel good. For the moment I am still selectable and a player of the France team.”
Olivier Giroud surpassed the legendary Thierry Henry to become France‘s all–time leading scorer in the World Cup, with the likes of Benzema, Varane, and 2018 World Cup–winning captain Hugo Lloris retiring from international duty afterwards.
Giroud intends to continue playing and is expected to play a key role for France as they begin their Euro 2024 qualification campaign against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland in March.