Olivier Giroud has admitted that he is eager to show French legend and Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry that he is part of the wrong camp when the two continental neighbours face off in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.
While Giroud also stated that he has massive respect for Henry, who collected 123 caps for France and won the 1998 World Cup, the Chelsea attacker would like to get one over on the Arsenal legend in the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
“It is bizarre to have Thierry against us in this match,” Giroud said in a pre match press conference.
“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 and Giroud have not always had the best of relationships with Henry previously being heavily critical of the France frontman during his time at Arsenal, but Giroud insists his main focus is on performing well for his Country.
“It has been a few years since he said what he said about me. My job is to be good on the pitch, to represent France as well as possible. It is also a particular match for him.
“I really want to communicate (to France teammates) my hunger to win.”
Both France and Belgium have squads packed full of Premier League talent, and the winner of their mouthwatering encounter will face either England or Croatia in the final of the World Cup in Moscow next Sunday.