I’m not finished with France, Grandpa is not dead – Giroud

Tue 22 June 2021 | 16:38

The France international has been looking for more minutes since Karim Benzema joined the squad but he does not plan to hang up his boots on the international level.

Olivier Giroud

revealed that he has no plans to call it quits on his France career after Euro 2020 and admitted that he has "the hunger of a 20-year-old".

The 34-year-old has climbed down the pecking order in the


national team after

Karim Benzema

came back last month after six years.

The Chelsea striker was an unused substitute in France’s 1-0 victory over Germany and featured for only 14 minutes in their draw with Hungary.

He previously mentioned that he will call time after Euro 2020 with France, but now he is willing to give more to his national team.


I'm not finished, far from it. Count on me, grandpa is not dead!"

Giroud, who contributed to France’s World Cup glory in 2018, told

Le Figaro


"I'm almost 35 but have the hunger of a 20-year-old guy. I know how to do it with the team.

"The France team has a fairly incredible strike force, but I have a card to play because there are no other players with my profile. I am here to respond and bring what I want.

"I have the desire and, if the young people want to move me, they will have to be ready too."

Giroud represented his country in 100 matches with the last one being against Hungary under the reign of

Didier Deschamps


He has the most senior international appearances under Deschamps, with 100 games. Other players close to Giroud’s record are Antoine Griezmann (93 appearances), Hugo Lloris (90), Paul Pogba (82) and Blaise Matuidi (80).

He delivered 109 victories for France and met the back of the net 46 times, being behind leader Thierry Henry in the Nation’s top scorers list.

Chelsea have extended the striker’s contract for another year, but Serie A club Milan are keen on acquiring his services.

source: SportMob

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