Giroud - They Boo Me, I Answer On The Pitch

The hitman has won supporters back with some stirring performances, including a man-of-the-match display in the 5-2 defeat of Iceland on Sunday.

He scored twice and had a hand in two other goals to set up a Euro 2016 semi-final showdown with Germany - who he calls France’s ‘bogey side’ - in Marseille on Thursday.

Giroud was targeted on home soil in the friendly against Cameroon on May 30, despite scoring in the win.

The 29-year-old was caught in the crossfire of boss Didier Deschamps’ decision to leave rival striker Karim Benzema out of his finals squad altogether.

The Real Madrid star was axed and French fans turned against him due to his supposed involvement in an alleged plot to blackmail France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

“When people boo you it is never nice,” said Giroud. “So the best thing to do is answer on the pitch as I used to do in the past, I do my best to do it.”

Giroud was given a rousing ovation when he came off in the 60th minute at the Stade De France on Sunday.

“It’s always nice to be cheered,” he added. “But it’s not a case of revenge with regards to what happened in the past.

“I have a good attitude on the pitch and I give everything for the team. That’s the main thing.”

France have a shocking record against the Germans, having not beaten them in a major tournament since 1958, when they won 6-3 at the World Cup in the third-place play-off.

But Giroud faces Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil and the world champions in the international form of his life - after netting ten goals in 11 games.
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