Olivier Giroud urges French teammates to raise their game after defensive errors

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France crushed Iceland 5-2 in the quarter-final stage of Euro 2016  at the Stade de France but star striker Olivier Giroud was not entirely impressed.

Giroud bagged a brace on the evening taking his tally to 10 goals in his last nine starts for the France national team.

The Arsenal striker has a total of three goals at the European Championships this summer but he was not particularly convinced with the state of his teams defending.

The France international revealed that he was pleased with the result but stated that he was not happy with some of the defensive mistakes and underlined that Germany will punish the same errors.

Giroud was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “We’re going to savour this victory. We have a big match against the world champions. I’m pleased, nothing more than that. Pleased for the team, my family and the French public.

“We had a lot of fun and are very pleased with our performance. We will try and erase some of the defensive mistakes because against Germany we will be punished.”

France did of course lose 1-0 to Germany at the quarter-final stage of the 2014 World Cup – as well as in the 1986 and 1982 World Cup.

Germany have not actually lost against France in a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

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