Absent from Didier Deschamps’ plans since the last Euro, Olivier Giroud will play for a third World Cup. The AC Milan striker, in great form since the start of the season, convinced the coach of the France team to take him to Qatar.
Giroud will play the World Cup in Qatar.
If Samuel Umtiti, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidib, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, N’Golo Kant, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir and Florian Thauvin, for various and varied reasons, will not know not the joy of a second world title, Olivier Giroud (36), he can still dream of the double.
Giroud will go to Qatar
While his place was not at all assured, the second top scorer in the history of the French team behind Thierry Henry (49 goals in 114 caps) will indeed be in Qatar to play in his third and final FIFA Cup. world. According to RMC, the AC Milan striker finally convinced Didier Deschamps to take him with him to the Gulf to defend the title of Les Bleus. An announcement that will be made official on Wednesday evening (8 p.m.) with the publication of the list.
A well-deserved reward for Giroud, who had disappeared from the plans of the French coach since the last Euro. Despite his attachment to the former center forward of Montpellier, the Basque technician had little appreciated his exit after a friendly match against Bulgaria (2-0), in June 2021, when he had offended Kylian Mbapp. Also, the 54-year-old coach had doubts about his ability to accept a replacement role behind Karim Benzema.
Deschamps couldn’t close his eyes
But with the approach of the queen event, Deschamps ended up realizing it: Giroud remains a safe bet. Summoned twice in 18 months, each time to compensate for the absences of the Ballon d’Or 2022, injured, the 2012 French champion had systematically responded by scoring in particular during the two friendly matches against Ivory Coast (2-1) and South Africa (5-0) but also in the League of Nations against Austria (2-0).
Since the start of the exercise, Giroud has been on fire with the club with 9 goals scored in 18 games, including a fabulous acrobatic volley in the last moments against La Spezia (2-1), Saturday in Serie A. which did not leave Deschamps unmoved, almost forced not to close his eyes. Good news for Giroud but especially for the Blues, who will have a unique profile in their luggage to try to go to the end.
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