Giroud overtakes Zidane on France’s list of greatest goalscorers

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The Chelsea striker has moved into fourth place outright on Les Bleus' scoring chart, with a 32nd effort recorded in a meeting with the Netherlands

Olivier Giroud has edged ahead of Zinedine Zidane on France’s all-time top goalscorer list, with the Chelsea striker having taken his international tally to 32 goals.

The 31-year-old had to wait until 2011 before being handed a debut by Les Bleus, having failed to represent them at any youth level.

It was his exploits for Montpellier at that time which brought him into contention, with the target having been found on a regular basis for club and country ever since.

Domestic football has taken him to England at Arsenal and now Chelsea, with over 100 efforts recorded for the Gunners.

He has remained a regular for France since making the breakthrough, with his cap haul now standing at 82.

Those outings have made him a World Cup winner, with a global crown secured in Russia over the summer despite failing to find the target .

Giroud was to get back in groove during a meeting with the Netherlands on Sunday, with a stunning strike proving notable as it carried him above the legendary Zidane on France’s goal chart.

He now sits fourth on that roll of honour by himself, with only two more strikes required to catch David Trezeguet.

Michel Platini is second on the goal chart with 41 efforts to his name, while Arsenal icon Thierry Henry occupies top spot on 51.

Giroud will hope to continue closing the gap on those French heroes, with his latest effort seeing him end a 10-game barren run in style .

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In the 74th minute of a UEFA Nations League clash with the Dutch, Benjamin Mendy swung over a cross from the left.

Giroud was tightly marked around the penalty spot, but swing his left boot at the ball to send a stinging volley crashing into the back of the net.

That effort proved to the match winner , with Ryan Babel having earlier cancelled out an opener from Kylian Mbappe.

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