Olivier Giroud is out of favour at Chelsea but retains the faith of France boss Didier Deschamps.

The target man started in a must-win match at home to Sweden last night and netted two goals in a 4-2 victory.

As per French outlet L’Equipe, those strikes took Giroud to 22 goals at Stade de France, the home of French football.

That takes him beyond the record previously held by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

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He is already second on the list of all-time top French international scorers with 44 from 105 caps.

Henry sits atop that list with 51 from 123 games, which is a target Giroud will likely have his eye on.

 

The biggest potential barrier to reaching it is a lack of gametime at club level, which could jeopardise his international place.

Deschamps has kept faith with Giroud so far, but said earlier this week he will discuss the striker’s Chelsea situation with him.

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Anthony Martial of Manchester United is just one potential striking rival in a squad brimming with attacking talent.

Giroud has always proved himself to be a crucial cog in Deschamps’s attacking plans, and last night’s brace was another example of that.

It remains to be seen how the situation will develop if Giroud isn’t playing at Chelsea by the time the European Championship rolls around.

That raises the prospect of a January departure, and Eurosport reported yesterday Chelsea are braced for interest in Giroud from Inter Milan when the window opens.

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