Giroud has Henry’s record in sight after overtaking Platini for France goals

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Olivier Giroud has half an eye to catch up with Thierry Henry at the top of the list of all-time top scorers in France after scoring two goals in his 100th international appearance.The Chelsea forward scored his 41st and 42nd goals for Les Bleus in Wednesday’s 7-1 beating against Ukraine during a friendly match at the Stade de France.

Giroud has surpassed Michel Platini on the list and is now behind only former Arsenal and Barcelona star Henry, who has scored 51 goals in 123 games.

Giroud’s record is all the more impressive as he has often been used by coach Didier Deschamps as a target tasked with bringing into play deeper attackers such as Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Indeed, the 34-year-old played all seven of France’s matches at the 2018 World Cup, including their 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final, without once being put on the scoresheet.

While he doesn’t focus too much on capturing Henry, he suggested setting a new national record might be within his grasp.

« Obviously I’m extremely proud», Declared Giroud, captain of the match against Ukraine, to TF1. “It’s a great honor [to reach 100 caps] and I am very happy that it turned out like this.

“It was always going to be emotional. It’s a friendly match but it’s still my hundredth, so I’m very happy for myself and for the team as well. We have shown a lot of good things.

« Now I keep looking forward, without setting any limits. I hope to continue like this.

“I think you have to set goals. It may be a bit early to say [if I will break the record]. We’ll see when I have maybe 46 or 47 goals! ”

France will face Portugal in the Nations League on Sunday.

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