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."