He may have scored five goals in six games for France but Olivier Giroud can’t catch a break with his compatriots.
Despite netting his country’s second goal in a 3-2 win against Cameroon last night, the Arsenal striker was subjected to whistles before the friendly match in Nantes – a reaction to him being selected ahead of Karim Benzema – and when he missed a late one-on-one chance.
Giroud scores for France with a brilliant volley. 2-1 pic.twitter.com/L7gHSnmJ3v
— Terje (@TerjeGooner) May 30, 2016
Speaking after the match about the crowd’s reaction, coach Didier Deschamps made clear the criticism was unwarranted.
“You hear what you want. The whistles were unfair tonight, but in Biarritz, he was applauded. People can be conditioned,” he said.
“But Olivier scored again. When you say it, you are not helpful. You are free to say what you want but this is not necessarily the truth.”
The man himself also wasn’t too pleased.
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) May 31, 2016
Whether the French public like it or not Giroud looks certain to lead the line for his country when they kick-off the tournament on 10 June against Romania. Laurent Koscielny, who played the full 90 minutes last night, also appears to be a likely starter.