France coach Didier Deschamps has said he’s “not worried” about Olivier Giroud’s impact in the national team despite his lack of playing time at Chelsea this season.
The veteran frontman has been a mainstay in the France setup during Deschamps’ time in charge, and it doesn’t look as though his club fate will affect his international involvement.
Les Bleus were recently drawn against Portugal, Croatia and Sweden in their group for the 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Nations League, and Deschamps told L’Equipe (via Get French Football News):
“I am not worried. He in any case was not given a choice because his desire was indeed to leave. He had to get back to work, as we say, and he has had the opportunity to have more playing time in the last two matches than in the previous two months. But I know him for everything that he has done in the blue shirt, his mental capacity. All players can experience periods where they play little or not at all, that does not take away what they have done or what they can still do.”
Giroud, 33, has started just seven times in 12 appearances for the Blues this season. He scored his first goal of the campaign in a 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on February 22, with regular starter Tammy Abraham having only recently returned from injury.
Football writer Paul Brown lavished praise upon the forward after he also impressed in Tuesday’s 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool:
Mike McGrath of the Telegraph wrote in February that both Inter Milan and Lazio wanted to sign the player in January, though the latter Italian outfit could still make their move come the summer.
Giroud featured in each of France’s eight group qualifiers for Euro 2020 and started in six of those outings, frequently fielded alongside Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.