Olivier Giroud has made history by gaining his 100th cap for France while playing under coach Didier Deschamps.
No other player for Les Bleus has ever recorded a century of senior international appearances with the same man in charge. The Chelsea striker, who made his France debut back in November 2011, won his first eight caps under Laurent Blanc, who resigned following the Euro 2012 finals. Deschamps took over in July 2012 and has since made Giroud a mainstay of his plans. The 34-year-old’s 100th game under the former midfielder came in Saturday’s Euro 2020 clash with Hungary. Just behind Giroud in terms of senior caps under Deschamps are Antoine Griezmann (93 appearances), Hugo Lloris (90), Paul Pogba (82) and Blaise Matuidi (80). Giroud scored 45 goals in his first 99 games under Deschamps, including nine in 16 Euro matches, including qualifiers. He netted just once in 12 World Cup finals games, although he played in every single game of France’s triumph at the 2018 tournament in Russia. Giroud’s first goal of the Deschamps era came against Spain in a World Cup qualifier in October 2012, while his one hat-trick was scored in a friendly with Paraguay in June 2017. The former Arsenal forward, who scored once in Blanc’s time at the helm, needs only five more goals to match Thierry Henry’s all-time France record of 51.