Giroud: I have to prove myself and make history at Euro 2016

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The France striker is expected to take his place at the pinnacle of Les Bleus' attack this summer but he remains a controversial figure for fans and hopes to win his critics over

Olivier Giroud says he is determined to prove his doubters wrong and lead France to Euro 2016 glory.

The Arsenal striker is expected line up at the pinnacle of Didier Deschamps' attack for Friday's tournament opener against Romania at the Stade de France, although he has not always found favour with Les Bleus' faithful.

He was jeered despite scoring in a patchy 3-2 warm-up friendly win over Cameroon and the 29-year-old notched a double as France concluded their preparations for the tournament by swatting aside Scotland 3-0.

And with seven goals in as many international appearances, the forward enters Euro 2016 in defiant mood.

He told beIN Sport: "My brother had a saying which is very important for me: 'The construction of the road to success is never quite finished.' 

"This is even more true in football, where after every weekend people can diss you or congratulate you.

"I have to prove myself, to show my desire to score goals and to win titles and leave a mark in history. 

"That's what I want, to make my family and the people close to me proud." 

The pressure of home advantage could weigh heavily on France, who were triumphant as hosts at the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup, but Giroud only views their status as a positive.

"We represent the French people and when you play at home, it's logical to aspire to leave your mark," he added.

"There are huge expectations, but we're ready."

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