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The France manager named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, but left the Arsenal striker out
France manager Didier Deschamps has admitted Olivier Giroud was called-up for his previous performances for the national squad, rather than his current form with Chelsea.
The 50-year-old named his squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra on Monday and selected the Chelsea frontman despite him starting only one Premier League game so far this season, and not finding the net.
Frank Lampard has seemingly preferred Tammy Abraham to lead the line in west London, and with the England forward scoring four goals in the last two games, Giroud’s prospects of first team football at Stamford Bridge look bleak in the short term.
Giroud was included for France despite the form of another striker across London in Alexandre Lacazette.
The Arsenal forward netted his second goal of the season in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham, and has impressed with his consistent performances for the Gunners throughout 2019 – winning the club’s player of the season award last year.
As reported by Get French Football News , Deschamps explained why he called up the Blues forward over Lacazette: “He [Giroud] is in a difficult situation sadly for him and for us with his club. It is not ideal.
“However with us he has always given a good showing, the statistics will show you that.”
Gunners fans took to social media to respond to the France manager’s comments and voice their dismay that Lacazette still cannot get a call-up.