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Deschamps defends 'unjustly criticised' Chelsea striker Giroud

France boss Didier Deschamps believes Olivier Giroud has been "unjustly criticised".

The Chelsea striker ended his 10-match goal drought in Sunday's win over Netherlands. Giroud coped flak for not scoring throughout France's entire successful World Cup campaign.

But Deschamps values the 31-year-old highly.

"I am very happy for Olivier Giroud," the head coach told M6 .

"He's very helpful for us and he's given us the win. He's often unjustly criticised.

"He's very important to the team. We need him."

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