The striker is producing fighting talk ahead of the second leg with Ukraine.
In one of the more surprising results of the World Cup play-offs, Ukraine beat France 2-0 and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been rallying the team ahead of the second leg.
No side have ever come back from a two-goal deficit to qualify for the biggest tournament in international football, but Giroud says the squad are ready to die trying.
“We are ready to die on the pitch,” the 27-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I have a lot of determination and I think it will help us get into them.”
The French host their opponents in Paris on Tuesday in the second leg, with Giroud’s Gunners team-mate Laurent Koscielny suspended after being sent off.
It’s a tough ask for the nation to get past a strong Ukrainian side, which is a surprise considering the country were favourites going into the tie.
Giroud’s team had not been poor in qualifying but finished second only to world champions Spain in their group, while Ukraine were runners-up to England.
However, after a disappointing showing in the 2010 World Cup when France didn’t even make it out of the group stage, the team are now on the cusp of not reaching the tournament at all for the first time since 1994.
Giroud has been in good form on the domestic scene this term, netting eight goals in all competitions, but now the attacker needs to transfer that to the international stage where the forward has just three strikes in 22 caps to date.
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