Olivier Giroud’s move to Chelsea was a blessing both for the player and the club. He came at a time where the Blues were struggling in the striking department, and he helped the club win the FA Cup trophy.
His late season bloom earned him a World Cup call, and the France international has admitted that it’s a dream for him to represent his country in Russia, having watched World Cup games as a kid.
He said in an interview with the official Chelsea website: “I wanted to finish the season as strongly as I could with Chelsea and I think I did that.
“I scored a few goals and helped the team win the FA Cup, so that was great heading into the World Cup with the national team.
“I’m quite experienced now at 31 years old and I am happy to help out the younger players wherever I can. I was fortunate that when I first played for the national team I was 24, 25 years old and I had good senior players that would always try to help me and now, I would like to do the same for the younger players to help them improve.
“I love the World Cup and would often watch the tournaments growing up. The first one I watched was USA 94, when Brazil beat Italy. I remember the penalty miss from Roberto Baggio when he hit it over the bar. It was disappointing for me because I liked this player growing up. But that gave me the taste for watching the World Cup games and then the next tournament, France 98, I would watch all the games.
“I was 11 years old and always wearing blue to watch the games! It was a great tournament, with the entire French nation getting behind the team.
“Now I want to live that experience myself, with the boys we have now 20 years later. Hopefully we can follow what they did.”