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France’s all-time leading scorer Olivier Giroud revealed that he would put the curtains on his international career for France after the Euro 2024. He was a part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winning squad. The former Arsenal and Chelsea star has been included in the Didier Deschamps’ provisional squad for the Euro 2024. Giroud has been one of the most skilled footballers to represent France at the international stage. 

The 37-year-old is the third-most capped footballer played for France with 131 appearances for the Les Bleus. Not only this, but he has also scored most number of goals (57) for the side. There is no denying that Giroud is one of the best strikers who have played for the two-time World Cup winners. In his club career, the footballer has scored 285 goals in 716 games he has played. 

We need to make way for the youngsters: Olivier Giroud on retirement

The veteran footballer revealed his decision to call it quits on his international career and said that it’s the right time to make way for them. He told L’Equipe, “To be honest, this will be my last competition with Les Bleus. Obviously, I'm going to miss it a lot. We need to make way for the youngsters.” Not only this, but the footballer also confessed experiencing ‘physical and mental fatigue’. He said, "I'm also feeling physical and mental fatigue. I've always said I was going to stop when my body asked me to. I think I've got two good years left. But as far as the French team is concerned, I think that'll be the end of it." 

"It's really the desire to go as far as possible in the competition with this generation that drives me. If I win, apart from the Premier League, which is very difficult to win, I could say I've won everything. I'm also hearing a lot about reaching the 60-goal mark for the national team. But it's not an obsession,” he further added.