Olivier Giroud admits it’s “bizarre” having Thierry Henry on the other side when they face Belgium.
The 31-year-old French striker made it known that he and his team-mate would show Henry that he picked the wrong side in the semifinal game with Belgium which takes place on Tuesday night (7 pm) at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Russia. “It is bizarre to have Thierry against us in this match,” Giroud said. “I would be very proud to show Thierry that he chose the wrong camp. I would have preferred to have Henry on our side, to give me and the other French forwards advice, but I am not too jealous.”
Henry is France’s all-time leading goalscorer with 51 goals in 123 caps, and he was a member of the teams that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. The 40-year-old will be in Saint Petersburg as the assistant manager to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, a role he’s occupied since 2016.
“It’s going to be weird to see Thierry again,” 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe told Telefoot. “He is someone I like a lot. There is a lot of respect between us. He was a great player, he inspired me. “He is French, but he will be on the bench of the opponent. It will surely be weird for him too.”
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