Olivier Giroud broke a record on Thursday, even if he is still chasing another, much more prestigious, and which is getting closer. By scoring the second goal against Austria (2-0), the Milanese has become the oldest goalscorer in the history of the France team at 35 years and 357 days.
The former Gunner overtakes Roger Marche, who had scored his last tricolor achievement in December 1959 against Spain with seventy days less. Giroud has proven he is still there, two steps away from equaling Thierry Henry's goalscoring record with 51.
Copenhagen, in two days, can be the scene of this feat for the one who totals 49 goals in 113 selections. But this trip to Denmark may be the last opportunity. To decipher Didier Deschamps, one would be tempted to say yes before the announcement of the list for the World Cup, if Karim Benzema is operational for Qatar.
The coach continues to insinuate that Giroud does not have the profile of a Real striker lining nor the status of a substitute. If the Rossonero seems ready for anything, even to score, the tricolor coach continues to affirm his reservations about the fact that his 2018 World Champion can be a supersub at the World Cup.
But Deschamps will still have to think twice about his case and his logic of establishing him every time he is there … without wanting to see further. The former Montpellier resident does the job, he puts his actions into words without getting tangled up in both his speech and especially in the facts. Against Austria, the AC Milan striker was omnipresent.
“I did not say that I was going to deprive myself of it”
He is at the origin of the opening of the score of Mbappé (56th). On his goal, he hovers in the air to take over Lienhart a perfect cross from Griezmann which he propels with a header into the net of Pentz (65th). If he narrowly missed with two side recoveries (39th, 48th), his pivotal game is still precious. This work combined with its realism will perhaps open Deschamps' eyes a little more. "But I didn't say I was going to deprive myself of it (for the World Cup)it is you who draw conclusions, moderated the coach at the microphone of La chain L'Équipe. Olivier is in excellent spirits. He participated in many offensive actions. Congratulations to him, and it's very good for the France team. »
The public in any case accompanied his "Olive" on the bench with a monstrous ovation when he was replaced by Nkunku (78th). In three matches since his post-Euro recall, Giroud has scored three times. These stats are higher than those displayed by Benzema's potential understudy. In any case, “between saying and doing”Giroud pushes Deschamps more and more into “his thoughts for the future”. With great pleasure.