Nations League: Fans blast France for dropping Olivier Giroud after defeat against Croatia

The current holders of the Nations League – France have completely failed to qualify for the final four after losing 1-0 at home to Croatia on Monday, and have remained winless in the competition.Fans blast France for dropping Giroud after defeat against Croatia in Nations League

The world champions have already lost two games and drawn two, putting them at the bottom of Group 1 with two points, five behind Croatia, who won due to a Luka Modric penalty early in the game.

Ibrahima Konate fouled Ante Budimir early in the game, leaving the referee with no choice than to award a penalty to Croatia, which 36-year-old Luka Modric converted on his 153rd appearance for his country.

With two games remaining in the group, France will be unable to catch up to Denmark, who defeated Austria 2-0 to stay on top with nine points, leaving the French side in risk of relegation.

Following the return of Karim Benzema to the France squad for their Nations League matches, Olivier Giroud was withdrawn from the squad.

Due to injury, Benzema was unable to join Didier Deschamps’ last squad, and in his absence, Giroud found the net in friendlies against Ivory Coast and South Africa.

Those achievements enabled the AC Milan striker close in on Thierry Henry’s all-time France goal total of 51.

France have been unable to win a single game since the 35-year-old was left out of Didier Deschamps’ team, causing outrage among fans.

Giroud has proven to be a consistent servant for his country when called upon, having played a major role in the 2018 World Cup-winning squad.

This season, he has maintained a decent domestic record, scoring nine goals in 28 appearances in Serie A.

The switch is unsurprising, given that Benzema was by far the most deadly forward in European football this season.

This season, the Real Madrid attacker has 27 goals in 31 La Liga appearances, as well as 15 in the Champions League, where he has guided his team to the final.


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