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Giroud says he would prefer Henry to be part of France

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Uruguay and France at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

France striker Olivier Giroud has admitted he would have totally preferred if the legendary striker Thierry Henry was part of the France team, instead of the Belgium one.

Henry is currently an assistant coach of the international team of Belgium, helping Roberto Martinez with mostly the forwards, who have definitely played a key part in Belgium’s stretch to the semi-finals of the tournament.

However, on Tuesday his current team will be facing France – where he is an all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 123 appearances.

“I’d had preferred him to be with us and to be giving his advice to me,” Giroud said, according to The42.

“He’s a living legend of French football and we have a lot of respect for him. We have a lot of respect for what he’s done, but we’re not going to think about it very much.”

“I’m not jealous. There’s a lot of mutual respect. I don’t resent him. My job’s to be good on the pitch, to help my team. But I’d be proud to show Titi that he chose the wrong side!”

“Maybe one day he will be able to coach that France team. I’m sure he’s learning on a daily basis and giving good advice to the Belgians,” Giroud added.