World Cup: Hugo Lloris hails Olivier Giroud as an ‘example’ to follow after double in France win

Hugo Lloris is hailing Olivier Giroud as an “example” for other footballers to follow after the French striker scored twice in a World Cup win against Australia that saw him equal Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record for Les Bleus.

France captain Hugo Lloris revealed his delight that Olivier Giroud equaled Thierry Henry’s goal record for France with an important brace on his World Cup debut against Australia on Tuesday.

“Olivier deserves a lot of credit,” he added. He is an example in football of never giving up. The last few months he was in and out of the team, but he never lost focus and that’s important.

‘It’s a great achievement to match Thierry Henry and I hope he surpasses him. For the whole team it’s a good start and for the striker two goals is great.’

Hugo Lloris (above) has praised his French teammate Olivier Giroud as an ‘example’ to follow

Giroud (left) scored twice as Les Bleus thrashed Australia 4-1 in the World Cup on Tuesday.

Giroud equaled Thierry Henry’s (above) all-time goalscoring record for the country (51)

Lloris also praised his team for keeping their cool and responding well after the surprise fall behind to group outsiders Australia on Tuesday night, ultimately clinching a 4-1 win.

The Tottenham goalkeeper said: “We have to give credit to the good reaction and we stepped up and started to control the game.”

‘We can be satisfied with the performance, but we know that we have to improve game by game.

‘The key was to stay calm after being left behind. We have a lot of young players but we have some experienced players so we have a good mix and we can feel it on the pitch.

“It’s a very good step towards this World Cup and now we are going to focus on preparing for Denmark (on Saturday).”

Craig Goodwin (right), who gave Australia a surprise lead, called his goal a “happy moment”.

Craig Goodwin, who gave Australia a surprise lead, said: ‘It all started very well. When you make small mistakes against the best teams, they take advantage of all their opportunities. But it’s an honor to represent my country and score.

‘The ball diagonally to then put a ball in, we work on those moments. I pray for those moments, and when it came I tried to make good contact, pick the ball up and put it towards the goal.

‘It was a really happy moment and something I cherish. We have two games left and we have to focus on them. We can do great things.