France captain Hugo Lloris paid tribute to teammate Olivier Giroud after the Milan forward equaled Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s record as France’s top scorer.
Giroud scored a brace as France came from behind to beat Australia 4-1 in the World Cup match in Qatar.
Giroud’s two goals against Australia mean he has scored 51 goals for France and could surpass Henry’s record in France’s next match against Denmark on Saturday.
In response, Lloris said he hoped the 36-year-old would surpass Henry’s record.
“I think Olivier deserves a lot of recognition,” Lloris told the BBC after the match.
“He’s an example of football never giving up. The last few months he’s been in and out but he’s never lost focus and that’s important.
“It’s a great achievement to equal Thierry Henry and I hope he goes on. It’s a good start for the whole team and the striker has two great goals.”
World Cup: Hope he beats him – Hugo Lloris reacts to Thierry Henry’s record-equalling Giro