France coach Deschamps lavish praise on Giroud following hat trick against Paraquay

Olivier Giroud’s strikes was France’s hat-trick since David Trezeguet back in 2000, while it took his tally to 16 goals in his last 16 starts for his country.

The Arsenal forward scored the first three goals for his side in their 5-0 drubbing of Paraguay in Rennes, with Moussa Sissoko and Antoine Griezmann also on the scoresheet.

The 30-year-old impressive international form has continued despite struggling for game time at Arsenal, with manager Arsene Wenger handing him only 11 starts in the Premier League last season.

“He’s our best goalscorer, he continues to score and when he doesn’t, someone next to him often scores,” Deschamps told RMC. “He responds even when he’s had a difficult season with his club.

“But even there, with little playing time, he is still effective. So I’m happy for him.”

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