France team: “I did my best to be there,” says Olivier Giroud, thinking of the World Cup

Will he participate in his third consecutive World Cup after those of 2014 and 2018 and the coronation in Russia? Asked by L’Equipe about a possible presence in the list of Didier Deschamps for the World Cup in Qatar, the striker of the Blues Olivier Giroud estimated that he “had done his best to be there”, before continuing: “I don’t have a percentage (of chances of being there) to give. I demonstrated what needed to be demonstrated. I put all the chances on my side. »

Before being called up in September, Giroud had only been called up once in Blue since Euro 2021: last March to make up for the absence of… Karim Benzema. However, he never gave up and his performances with AC Milan clearly validated his career choice after a less happy end to the adventure in London. Completely revived in the club, indisputable holder, Italian champion, he feels on the right track.

And the AC Milan striker, if he goes to Qatar, could break the record for the number of national goals currently held by Thierry Henry (51). It is therefore at 49 in 114 selections. And when asked for a preference: World Cup or record? He replies: “Both, General! No, it is above all to keep our title of world champion. And if I can equal or exceed Titi, it will be a great bonus! »

A few hours from finding Chelsea his former club in the Champions League, the Milanese also spoke about his relationship with Kylian Mbappé with whom he has had a few clashes in recent months: “People interpret things as they want. The most important thing is to show that it works well on the ground. But I don’t think the coach had any particular concerns at this level. We were world champions together. There is a proven relationship. Kylian said things. Both of us are competitors. We want to win. I like it. »


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