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Karim Benzema forfeited, Olivier Giroud recalled to the French team

He remains, as he knows, obviously selectable and available to the France team. » The remarks made about Olivier Giroud by Didier Deschamps, the coach of the French football team, presenting, Thursday, March 17, his list of players selected for two friendly preparatory matches for the World Cup (against the Ivory Coast, March 25, then South Africa, March 29) had above all been interpreted as a polite way of justifying the persistent sidelining of the attacker.

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But, finally, this little sentence finds its full translation: Olivier Giroud was called, Saturday March 19, to join the Blues at the beginning of next week after the announcement of the package for injury of Karim Benzema, touched in the left calf.

At 35, Olivier Giroud (110 caps, 46 goals) had not appeared with the national team since Euro 2021 and elimination in the round of 16 against Switzerland. He had also played little during this Euro. A statement on passes that did not arrive during a preparation match before this Euro had notably annoyed Kylian Mbappé.

He had until then been one of the “executives” of the Blues, even if his contribution and his performances on the ground had always given rise to intense debate – he was criticized for not being as “technical” as a Benzema or a Mbappé.

Selected for the first time in 2012, Didier Deschamps had made him a starter in attack, alongside Karim Benzema, Franck Ribéry and Mathieu Valbuena. He hadn’t missed a rally (except for injury) for nine years.

Since Euro 2021, Olivier Giroud has left England and Chelsea for the Italian championship and AC Milan. He has had a relatively “big” season there so far: he has scored eight goals in twenty games and helped put the Rossoneri at the top of the championship.

“He scores goals and that’s good for his club. Afterwards, I have choices to make. assured Didier Deschamps, Thursday March 7, while adding: “I know very well what Olivier is capable of “.

The person concerned had declared on March 16 on Europe 1 that he had not yet heard of international retirement. “I’m not talking about the France team in the past tense. We’ll see. If the coach calls me, I will answer present as I have always done. » It is done.

The World with AFP

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