Thierry Henry has talked up the importance of Olivier Giroud for the French national team and insists it would be ‘amazing’ if the Chelsea striker breaks his goalscoring record.
Arsenal legend Henry currently reigns supreme as France’s all-time leading scorer on 51 goals for Le Bleus.
However, Giroud is quickly closing in on that record, with the 34-year-old heading into Euro 2020 with 44 goals in 107 games.
Didier Deschamps’ side play two warm-up games against Wales and Bulgaria before this summer’s rescheduled tournament begins with a clash against Germany on June 15.
Les Bleus have been drafted into a tricky group which includes the Germans, Portugal and Hungary, but will do so with Giroud as well as Karim Benzema, who has been included in the France squad for the first time in six years.
And Henry is fully aware of Giroud’s talents and would be glad to see the ‘old school’ striker surpass his record tally.
‘It would be great, a great achievement,’ Henry told Goal.
‘Records are made to be broken. I often speak to him actually, whenever he scores a goal or two, and I always say to him ‘well done’, because he deserves it.
‘In the past three or four years it seems like he’s struggling for starts with his team at club level, but whenever he plays – whether it’s at club level or in the national team – he often delivers.
‘And yes, I know people will tell me that he didn’t score a goal at the World Cup, but at the end of the day he lifted the trophy so it doesn’t really matter.’
Olivier is the type of striker that is kind of dying right now,’ Henry added.
‘The old school, holding the ball up, passing the ball to the winger, getting into the box and breaking your neck to score with a header.
‘But what I like is how he puts people in a game. He’s very good, he will give the assist sometimes when you link up with him on a one-two.
‘He’s that type of player and I think it’s very good for the national team to have a different dimension to the other guys, who like to go in behind and go out to the wing and drop in.
‘I think it’s great for Didier Deschamps to have a striker like Olivier and if he goes on to beat the record, amazing.’