Giroud downplays odds of breaking Henry’s all-time France record

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The 34-year-old has just nine goals left behind the Arsenal legend, who has scored 51 goals for Les Bleus

French striker Olivier Giroud played down his chances of breaking Thierry Henry’s all-time record after falling to second place on Wednesday night.Giroud scored twice in the first half in a friendly against Ukraine, bringing his total of international goals to 42 and overtaking French legend Michel Platini in the process.

Now, only Henry is between Giroud and the all-time record, the Arsenal legend having scored 51 goals in 123 caps for Les Bleus.

It was a special way for Giroud to celebrate his 100th selection, which he won on a night when the World Cup champions beat their opponents 7-1.

Talk to TF1 after the game, the Chelsea striker said he was honored to have surpassed a legendary figure like Platini, who has won the Ballon d’Or three times in his career.

“Great pride, it’s a great honor, I am very happy that it happened like this,” said Giroud. “It was going to be emotional. I am very happy for the team, we have shown great things. ”

With nine goals between him and Henry, the 34-year-old said he wouldn’t think about France’s record until he managed to score some more for his country.

“I think we need to set goals but it’s a bit early to say it [if I can reach the record]. We’ll see when I get to 46 or 47 goals. ”

Giroud was also delighted to put on such a great performance in front of Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko, a player he loved growing up.

“He was one of my favorite players, if not my favorite when I was a teenager,” Giroud said of the former AC Milan star. “I greeted him after the game. He’s used to coming to Chelsea every now and then and I asked him for his signed shirt because I’m a big fan. It also means a lot to me. ”

France head coach Didier Deschamps added he was pleased with his side’s performance as they looked forward to a UEFA Nations League game against defending champions Portugal on Sunday.

“It’s not the best team in Ukraine, but you have to score those goals,” said Deschamps.

“I’m very satisfied even though we had a pretty difficult recovery in the second half. We will continue until the game on Sunday night. “

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