France forward Giroud expects Mbappé to beat scoring records

Dec 5, 2022, 9:50 PM | Updated: Dec 6, 2022, 11:54 am
France's Olivier Giroud celebrates after Kylian Mbappe scored their side's second goal during the W...

France's Olivier Giroud celebrates after Kylian Mbappe scored their side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Poland, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

              France's Kylian Mbappe, right, fights for the ball with Poland's Matty Cash, during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Poland, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
            
              France's Olivier Giroud goes for an overhead kick during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Poland, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
            
              France's Olivier Giroud celebrates after Kylian Mbappe scored their side's second goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Poland, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
            
              France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Poland, at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Two days after Olivier Giroud broke the France national team’s goal-scoring record, he’s already looking behind his back at Kylian Mbappé.

That’s fine with the 36-year-old veteran, who said Tuesday he is having fun with the man he described as the best striker he has ever played with.

“I think we still have not seen the best of Kylian,” Giroud said of the 23-year-old Mbappé, who has scored a tournament-leading five World Cup goals in Qatar.

Mbappé scored four goals to help France win the 2018 title. His career tally of nine is moving quickly toward Germany striker Miroslav Klose’s record of 16.

“I hope (his best) is going to come soon and he will beat all the records,” Giroud said. “He is amazing and he is still young, which is scary because he still can improve his game.”

Giroud has scored three goals at this year’s World Cup, including the opening strike in the 3-1 win over Poland in the round of 16 on Sunday. That was his 52nd for France, lifting him out of a tie with Thierry Henry for the national team’s scoring record.

That record is only 19 goals ahead of Mbappé.

“So, I know that, you know (that), also,” Giroud said at the France training camp before turning his attention to Saturday’s quarterfinal match against England.

“It will be a nice game to watch, I think. They have so many great players, the young generation, like us,” the former Arsenal and Chelsea forward said. “I think they have quality but quantity also in the squad, so they have different options.”

The match has a strong flavor of the Premier League, with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris set to make a record 143rd appearance for France.

“We were talking with Hugo and each other, regarding this game and we said, ‘Yeah, we do not want to lose against England,'” said Giroud, who now plays for Italian champion AC Milan. “That is a special game for us.”

___

AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce, right, celebrate with th...
Associated Press

Chiefs survive Bengals, get 2 weeks to heal for Super Bowl

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes certainly deserved a game ball from Sunday night’s AFC title game, when the All-Pro quarterback dashed off on his sprained right ankle in the waning seconds to help set up the winning field goal. Travis Kelce probably did, too. With the Chiefs missing three wide receivers because of […]
2 days ago
FILE - Hall of Fame baseball announcer Harry Caray, right, laughs with his grandson Chip in Chicago...
Associated Press

Chip Caray follows grandpa’s footsteps as voice of Cardinals

Longtime broadcaster Chip Caray is taking over as the television play-by-play voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, more than five decades after his grandfather and Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray became a baseball staple with the same club. Bally Sports Midwest announced Caray’s hiring in a statement Monday. The voice of the Atlanta Braves […]
2 days ago
St. Petersburg mayor Ken Welch gestures during his State of the City speech Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, ...
Associated Press

Plan outlined for new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark, redevelopment

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays will be built near the current one under plans unveiled Monday as part of a massive redevelopment project that also includes affordable housing, office space and retail in what was once a thriving Black neighborhood. Mayor Ken Welch, of St. Petersburg, Florida, […]
2 days ago
FILE - Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Grienke throws against the Seattle Mariners in the ...
Associated Press

AP source: Royals agree with RHP Greinke on deal for 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and Zach Greinke have agreed to a contract for the coming season, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, making it nine seasons over two stints in Kansas City for the six-time All-Star pitcher. The person spoke to the AP on condition of […]
2 days ago
This image provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment shows Miami's young star Jazz Chisholm Jr. on...
Associated Press

MLB The Show ’23 cover athlete is Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm

MIAMI (AP) — Jazz Chisholm Jr., the Miami Marlins’ Euro-stepping, home-run blasting all-star, has goals beyond his impressive stats. With every stolen base and acrobatic catch, Chisholm hopes to have an impact on the next generation of players. “I had Ken Griffey Jr., who was a real idol to a lot of guys all over,” […]
2 days ago
FILE - Portland Thorns fans hold signs during the first half of the team's NWSL soccer match agains...
Associated Press

US Soccer announces program to ensure player safety

U.S. Soccer has introduced a Safe Soccer program that will require comprehensive vetting of individuals involved in the sport as the federation continues to address its investigation into coach misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League. The Safe Soccer program announced Monday aims to overhaul the criteria for participation in the sport from the youth […]
2 days ago
France forward Giroud expects Mbappé to beat scoring records