Phil Costa

Olivier Giroud in line to start for France against Peru

Olivier Giroud is reportedly in line to start against Peru following his positive impact against Australia. 

Giroud was named on the bench for France’s World Cup opener, but changed the game after coming on with half an hour to play.

This has lead to Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps to include him from the start this time around, with either Kylian Mbappé or Ousmane Dembélé dropping out.

“When Olivier plays, we realise the positive impact,” Deschamps told a news conference on Tuesday. “Only when he doesn’t play do you see his importance.

“He’s a tough player, present in duels and aerial battles. There are often two opposing defenders on his back which allows other players to take advantage of space.”

Giroud scored his 31st goal for France against Egypt in May, equalling Zinédine Zidane in fourth place on the all-time top scorers list.