Olivier Giroud was frustrated by Kylian Mbappe’s reticence to pass to him in a France warm-up game ahead of Euro 2020.
France are heavily fancied to replicate their achievement of 2000 by backing up World Cup success with European Championship glory this summer.
Didier Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches and an “embarrassing” striker to deal with.
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He said: “It’s becoming embarrassing. And even when he came off.
“You have just played two warm-up matches, it has gone very well and when he came off the pitch it was as if the team had lost 4-0. His disappointment…at some point it is not all about you.”
And that appears to be a sentiment echoed by Giroud – who came off the bench to score a brace to take his tally to 46 for France, just five behind all-time top scorer Thierry Henry.
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But in the second half it looked as if Mbappe was deliberately trying not to find his team-mate.
And Giroud took aim at Mbappe after the game, saying: “Sometimes you make the runs and ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.”
The Chelsea striker faces fresh competition from Karim Benzema, who has been recalled by Deschamps.
But Giroud has been given fresh hope of a starting spot as Benzema suffered an injury – a problem Deschamps was keen to play down.
He said: “He took a good hit on the muscle above the knee. He stopped playing because he felt it hardening. We have a high level medical staff. It will get better day by day. I have no particular concern, there is nothing dramatic.”
Despite their extraordinary talent, there are a lot of egos in the French dressing room and perhaps Deschamps’ biggest challenge will be getting them to play as a team rather than as individuals.
They are in the ‘Group of Death’ along with Portugal, Germany and Hungary and face the Germans in their opening group game on Tuesday.
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