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Olivier Giroud found the net for France in their 3-2 defeat to Colombia and the Chelsea forward will hope to have the chance to add to his tally on Tuesday evening when France take on Russia.

Giroud’s goal against Colombia took his tally to 30 for France, and one more strike will take him level with Zinedine Zidane on 31 goals for France.

Giroud is proud of representing his national team and will love to measure up with Zidane.

“It’s very flattering and [fills me with] a lot of pride,” said Giroud. “For me it is always a privilege to wear this blue jersey.

“I always try to give the maximum on the pitch to help the team achieve our goals.

“I do not want to stop there and I especially want to continue to climb in the ranking [of goals scored] to help the team win games.”

At the age of 31, the striker realises this may be his last chance to play at the World Cup and he hopes France boss Didier Deschamps would include him in his final squad for Russia 2018.

“It is possible, but it’s not up to me whether this will be my last World Cup,” he explained. “I’ve said this before but the France national team is something that means a lot to me, so as long as I’m fit and as long as I can perform on the pitch, I’ll be more than happy to come here again.

“That said, we’ll see how my body responds, but I am just 31 years old.”

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