Giroud hoping France can replicate former glories

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The Arsenal striker has called on his side to follow in the footsteps of teams from 1984 and 1998, which both won major international tournaments on home soil

Olivier Giroud hopes his France side can follow in the footsteps of previous teams and win an international trophy on home soil at Euro 2016.

France were victorious when hosting the European Championships in 1984 and the World Cup in 1998.

It is a legacy the Arsenal striker wants to continue next year when they welcome Europe's top nations and the expectations on France will have only increased following a favourable draw.

Didier Deschamps' men will open the tournament at the Stade de France against Romania on June 10 before taking on fellow Group A rivals Albania and Switzerland in Marseille and Lille.


"We have a big desire to shine in front of our home fans," Giroud told BFMTV. "I have never experienced that. We did it in 1984 and 1998, I hope the third time will be in 2016.

"Something extraordinary is expected."

Asked for his thoughts on the draw, Deschamps said: "It could certainly have been worse, perhaps better.

"We have played against Albania twice and faced difficulties since they beat us. Romania, I know less, but they were unbeaten [in their group] and only conceded twice."

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