Thierry Henry says strikers like Olivier Giroud are a ‘dying’ breed as Chelsea man chases his record

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Thierry Henry claims strikers like Olivier Giroud are a ‘dying’ breed, as Arsenal legend admits it would be ‘great’ if the Chelsea veteran breaks his all-time goalscoring record for France

  • Olivier Giroud approaches Thierry Henry’s all-time French goal record
  • The Chelsea veteran is seven goals behind the Arsenal striker, who has 51 goals
  • Giroud could overshadow that record this summer after being called up for Euro 2020
  • Henry claims he contacts Giroud to congratulate him after every goal in France

Thierry Henry believes ‘old school’ Olivier Giroud currently represents a dying breed of strikers as the Chelsea striker approaches his all-time goalscoring record for France.

Giroud is just seven goals behind Henry’s record of 51 for Les Bleus – with the 34-year-old attacker surpassing that total this summer after being called up to Didier Deschamps’ squad for the European Championship.

Henry admitted it would be ‘great’ if the former Arsenal forward were to improve his record and he believes there will be no strikers like Giroud in the near future.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is just seven goals behind Henry in the French goal lists

Thierry Henry (left) says it would be ‘great’ if Olivier Giroud (right) broke his record in France

The 34-year-old is just seven goals behind Henry's record and will play at this month's European Championships

The 34-year-old is just seven goals behind Henry’s record and will play at this month’s European Championships

France’s retired striker told Target: ‘Olivier is the type of striker who is dying at the moment. The old school, holding the ball, passing the ball to the winger, stepping into the penalty area and breaking your neck to score with a header.

“But what I like is how he puts people into a game. He is very good, he sometimes gives the assist if you hook him up on a one-two punch.

“He’s such a player and I think it’s really good for the national team to have a different dimension to the other guys, who like to go in the back and go to the wing and invade.

“I think it’s great for Didier Deschamps to have a striker like Olivier and if he breaks the record, great.”

Henry, who retired from France in 2010, finished his international career with 51 Les Bleus goals

Henry, who retired from France in 2010, finished his international career with 51 Les Bleus goals

Giroud, who made his debut in France in 2011 just before joining Arsenal, not only has 44 international goals for Les Bleus, but also 13 assists, which is a testament to his excellent all-round play.

The striker played a key role in France’s win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, providing a useful front focal point for fellow attackers, despite not being on the scoresheet himself.

Giroud’s importance to the French national team is summed up by the fact that he remains a regular part of Deschamps’ squad, despite being rarely used by current club Chelsea.

Henry praised Giroud for his all-round game and thinks his kind of striker is a dying breed

Henry praised Giroud for his all-round game and thinks his kind of striker is a dying breed

Henry (right) claims he contacts Giroud (left) to congratulate him after every goal for France

Henry (right) claims he contacts Giroud (left) to congratulate him after every goal for France

The veteran striker has made just 17 league appearances and 31 in total for the European champions this season – and is expected to continue this summer when his contract expires at the end of this month.

Despite limited playing time for Chelsea, Henry believes Giroud deserves to break his international goalscoring record for France – revealing that he congratulates him every time he finds the net for his country.

Henry added: ‘It would be great, a great achievement (if he beat Henry’s record). Record is there to be broken.

Giroud played a key role for France at the 2018 World Cup despite not scoring in the campaign

Giroud played a key role for France at the 2018 World Cup despite not scoring in the campaign

“Actually, I often talk to him when he scores a goal or two, and I always say ‘well done’ because he deserves it.

“For the past three or four years he seems to be struggling with his team at club level to get off to a start, but when he plays – be it at club level or in the national team – he often delivers.

“And yes, I know people will tell me he didn’t score a goal in the World Cup, but at the end of the day he took the trophy, so it doesn’t really matter.”

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