Giroud: ‘We want to make France proud again’

Date published: Thursday 9th June 2016 11:28

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud believes that the current French team can replicate the success of 1998 and 2000.

France have won both of the last two tournaments they have hosted (1998 World Cup and 1984 European Championship), and are favourites to win this year’s tournament.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Giroud spoke of his memories from 1998 and 2000, and his hopes of bringing that joy back to the French people.

“I was only 11 [in 1998] and it was one of my best memories as a fan of the French national team,” Giroud said. “It was fantastic for all the French people to win the World Cup, especially at home. That’s why we want to make our French fans proud this summer.

“It was the continuity of the World Cup [when they went to Euro 2000]. They confirmed their great form and almost kept the exact same squad. It is always difficult to win again two years afterwards, but they did very well with a fantastic scenario against Italy at the end of the final.

“I remember the pass from Robert Pires to Sylvain Wiltord, and then the pass to David Trezeguet who found the top-left corner. I couldn’t forget this goal.

“I also remember watching David Ginola, Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin and strikers like that. I was looking to become a striker. I remember very good players like them, and also Thierry Henry, Trezeguet and Anelka too. We’ve always had very good strikers.

“It’s a great feeling [to be representing France in front of our home fans] and we’re all looking forward to that. We want to do well in front of our own fans so we’re going to do everything we can to bring the trophy back home.”

Read about why this may be a crucial tournament for Giroud’s hopes of remaining at Arsenal.

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