Giroud: Grandpa is not dead yet

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he’s not ready to quit the international scene yet, at age 34.

The Blues striker has seen little minutes for France in the ongoing European Championship, due to the return of Karim Benzema to the international scene.

Despite reports that this might be his last on the international front, Giroud is still raring for more and has sent a warning to the younger players.

“I’m not finished, far from it. Count on me, grandpa is not dead!” Giroud told Le Figaro. “I’m almost 35 but have the hunger of a 20-year-old guy.”

Speaking on the strong competition for places within Les Bleus’ squad, he added: “The France team has a fairly incredible strike force, but I have a card to play because there are no other players with my profile. I am here to respond and bring what I want.

“I know how to do it with the team. I have the desire and, if the young people want to move me, they will have to be ready too.”

Giroud who made his international debut back in 2011 as a 25-year-old has racked up a total of 107 appearances for his country, scoring 44 goals, which puts him second in their all-time scorers list behind Arsenal legend Thierry Henry (51).

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