[Mis à jour le 22 septembre 2022 à 15h30] Back in the France team after a very good start to the season with AC Milan, Olivier Giroud will have playing time as confirmed by Didier Deschamps at a press conference. The Blues striker, if he is obviously aiming for a place for the next world Cup, is also aiming for an honorary title of top scorer in the history of the France team, held by former Arsenal player, Thierry Henry. With 48 goals in total, Olivier Giroud is only three lengths away and could equal him from this September rally.

Asked about the hierarchy of attackers and his place in the France team, Olivier Giroud explains that he has always remained the same at the microphone of M6 and RTL. “Didier Deschamps explained to me quite simply that today there was an established hierarchy in the France team. Of course, I respect it, so I’m always there to bring something more to the team and do what I know how to do better to come back. Even being on the bench, I always shot in the direction of the team. I never put the souk in a locker room, so that too is an important notion to take I am a team player, a ‘team player’ as they say, who plays for the team, who is fully behind the group and also the attackers when he scores. When Karim scored at the Euro, I was the first to congratulate him, to jump on him. My state of mind remains unchanged, my motivation the same, my determination too. That won’t change. Afterwards, it’s the coach who will decide.

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The ranking of the scorers of the France team

  1. Thierry Henry: 51 goals
  2. Olivier Giroud: 48 goals
  3. Antoine Griezmann: 42 goals
  4. Michel Platini: 41 goals
  5. Karim Benzema: 37 goals
  6. David Trezeguet: 34 goals
  7. Zinedine Zidane: 31 goals
  8. Just Fontaine: 30 goals
  9. Jean-Pierre Papin: 30 goals
  10. Youri Djorkaeff: 28 goals
  11. Kylian Mbappe: 26 goals