Giroud hails France squad after Australia thrashing

The Arsenal striker scored twice as les Blues hit the Socceroos for six, but was keen to congratulate his team-mates ahead of their final World Cup qualifier against Finland
Olivier Giroud has thanked his team-mates after scoring twice in France's 6-0 win over Australia.

The Arsenal striker notched two within the opening 30 minutes as les Blues geared up for their final Group I World Cup qualifying game against Finland on Tuesday.

Giroud is in fine form for club and country, with eight goals in 15 outings, but was keen to congratulate the other members of the France squad as they subjected Australia to a second consecutive six-goal loss, resulting in the dismissal of manager Holger Osieck.

"The first goal, I try it sometimes and if it does not work people say it's because I have not played well, but when it comes off...," Giroud told L'Equipe. "The second was a beautiful team movement. I hope to see more of that in the future."

"To assess a striker, he must perform on the big occasions. Tonight, I was provided with many chances so I could perform.

"To score goals, the France team needs several good strikers. We are fortunate to have two strikers who complement different tactics.

"I am very happy for me, but also for Karim [Benzema] who scored. It's good for us to score, but also for les Bleus."