France boss explains reason for calling up Giroud

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has yet again received another France national team call up despite having barely featured for Chelsea this season.

Giroud has managed just 187 minutes on the pitch for the Blues this season but still remains a key player for Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps insists that he doesn’t need Chelsea stats to justify his pick, stressing that Giroud’s numbers for France is enough for him to be invited.

“Maybe that means something but it’s mostly what happened on the pitch that means something,” Deschamps said while explaining his squad.

With 38 goals in 92 appearances, Giroud is France’s third highest goalscorer in history, with Michel Platini (41) and Thierry Henry (51) the only players to have scored more, and Deschamps didn’t fail to point that out.

He added: “If he is the one I used the most, do not forget either the ratio of matches and goals. There are not many ahead of him in the standings [for most goals scored for France].”

Meanwhile, France boss Didier Deschamps has warned Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud that he will need more playing time ahead of the Euro 2020 next summer.

Italian club Inter Milan are reportedly interested in a January move for Olivier Giroud and Deschamps has reportedly told the France international to leave Chelsea in January.

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