Olivier Giroud is still aiming to represent France at Euro 2020 and reach some personal milestones in international football, despite the tournament having been delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 33-year-old had a mixed season with Chelsea, having struggled for minutes in the first half of the campaign before breaking into the first team from January onwards, only for his efforts to be curtailed by the outbreak of Covid-19.
The lack of appearances at club level meant Giroud’s place in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the European Championships was under threat, before the tournament was put back to the summer of 2021 because of coronavirus.
Giroud had intended to retire from international football ater representing France this summer, but says he will stay on to try and play in 2021, with two major personal targets very much in sight for the former Montpellier and Arsenal front man.
He has made 97 appearances for France and scored 39 goals. His strike tally is just two behind Michel Platini, and while the all-time record of 50 – held by Thierry Henry – is surely out of reach for Giroud, he feels he can surpass the Euro 84 winner and also reach a century of international caps.
In an interview with French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, the 2018 World Cup winner said:
“I am at 97 caps and I hoped to reach the 100 mark at the March and June friendlies. This is only a postponement.
“Regarding the number of goals, I am only two off Michel Platini, it is also clearly an objective.”