Giroud’s late penalty kick goal helped France secure a 2-1 win against Moldova on thursday to move ahead of Turkey in their European Championship qualifying group.
Despite lacking a playing spot in the Chelsea squad under Frank Lampard, Deschamp believed that Giroud’s presence in the team is “useful”, “indispensable”.
“He is useful and indispensable, also very efficient,” Deschamps said. “He enables the players around him to have scoring chances as well. That also explains why he’s still playing for us, despite not playing for Chelsea.”
With his winning goal for France, Olivier Giroud has scored 39 international goals and He is two goals behind Michel Platini in France’s all-time scorers’ list, which Thierry Henry tops with 51.
France came from behind to salvage an early goal from Moldova as Varane’s header and Giroud’s penalty kick gave the team the needed victory.
France had already qualified for Euro 2020 earlier Thursday with two points ahead of Turkey in Group H and completes its qualifying away to Albania on Sunday.