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Olivier Giroud: France 'ready to die'

November 17, 2013
By ESPN staff

France striker Olivier Giroud insists Les Bleus are prepared "to die on the field" in order to reach next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

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Giroud and his compatriots take on Ukraine in the second leg of their qualification play-off on Tuesday, having lost the first leg 2-0 in Kiev last week.

With defender, and Arsenal team-mate, Laurent Koscielny ruled out through suspension, Giroud expects France to lift in intensity as they aim to qualify for their fifth consecutive World Cup.

"We are ready to die on the field to get there," he told reporters.

"We want to show the French people and to ourselves that we are proud to represent France. We want to make proud all the people who love us and support us.

"I am offended [with the first-leg display]. I want to redeem myself. Like all my team-mates, I guess.

"They will give us exactly the same treatment on Tuesday. We won't be surprised. They are going to hit us hard.

"We want to do better, to make history. It is a matter of pride. We'll do it, I firmly believe. Today, I still can't grasp the idea of France not going to Brazil.

"We must find the right balance, to continue to play our game. This is not easy because there will be a lot of tension, a lot of stress. This is the game of the year."

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