“My career in France could have been better with Benzema” – Giroud

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The 100-time capped striker said if Real Madrid ace had played alongside him his numbers could have been even more impressive.

French striker Olivier Giroud has laughed at any idea of ​​a rivalry between him and Karim Benzema, and says he could have done even more with the national team had Real Madrid ace been selected.Benzema has not played for Les Bleus since scoring twice in an October 2015 friendly against Armenia, while Giroud has been a mainstay of the squad since his debut in 2011. This The latter won his 100th cap against Ukraine on Friday, in which he scored his 41st and 42nd goals for the national team – more than any other player except Thierry Henry.

The absence of the former Lyon striker has been a hot topic of discussion in football circles for years, but Chelsea striker Giroud played it down.

“I have always been a little blamed for the absence of Karim in the France team,” he said. TF1. “There is a so-called rivalry, which was created out of thin air by some people.

Meanwhile, Benzema once compared Giroud’s selection in front of him for Les Bleus as choosing a kart over a Formula 1 car.

“It made me laugh to know him,” Giroud said. “I don’t have a grudge against that.

“My career with Les Bleus could have been better playing with Karim Benzema, but we’ll never know.

The 34-year-old has enjoyed a rich career with the national team, starting in the aftermath of the 2010 World Cup debacle in South Africa and reaching its peak at the 2018 World Cup, where France is became champion, despite her failure to register a shot on target during the competition.

Giroud, however, has been prolific for his country and in his last 13 international appearances, including three appearances on the bench, has scored 10 goals.

On Sunday, he will aim to help France in their League of Nations meeting against Portugal before a trip to Croatia on Wednesday.

Didier Deschamps’ team is so far perfect in Group C, having already recorded victories over Sweden and the World Cup finalists.

They now have the opportunity to avenge their final defeat of the 2016 European Championship against Cristiano Ronaldo’s team in Paris.



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