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'It's coming home!' - Giroud echoes Pogba in World Cup trolling of England

10:30 GMT+4 17/07/2018
Olivier Giroud France v Croatia FIFA World Cup Russia Final 15072018
The Chelsea striker silenced his critics on Sunday when he lifted football's grandest prize following a 4-2 win over Croatia in the decider

Olivier Giroud says he lived a childhood dream after winning the World Cup with France.

Les Bleus triumphed with a 4-2 win over Croatia in Sunday's decider as an own goal by Mario Mandzukic and strikes from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe drove France to a second World Cup crown and first since 1998.

The 31-year-old striker ended the tournament goalless and without a shot on target in seven appearances in Russia, but Giroud silenced his critics by lifting the trophy in Moscow.

"It's a great feeling – I mean, it's coming home! I had to say that," Giroud joked to English reporters.

"Honestly it's a dream come true, a childhood dream. I am very proud for all the people who supported us, and myself.

"It has been sometimes difficult you know but it is a privilege for me to be part of this team. We have been very solid, very strong all the way, until the end. And I think it's well deserved."

Giroud will shortly return to training with club side Chelsea, who have just appointed Maurizio Sarri to replace Antonio Conte.

He is not the first France star to have used England's 'It's coming home' anthem as a means of toasting World Cup success and taking a sly dig at the Three Lions.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba did likewise during his post-match celebrations in Moscow, with the 25-year-old singing the famous song on an Instagram video.