Boos disappoint Giroud

But Deschamps tells France players to savour victory over Belarus

Olivier Giroud: Tough times for club and country for the striker

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Olivier Giroud admits he endured a disappointing night in a France shirt as he was substituted and booed off at home to Belarus on Tuesday.

The Arsenal striker was handed a start by Didier Deschamps for the World Cup qualifier in Paris but was jeered off after an hour with his side a goal up.

Les Bleus went on to win the match 3-1 but Giroud was left to bemoan a dream opportunity that ended on a sour note.

"I welcomed my position in the starting XI with a lot of enthusiasm and happiness," said the 25-year-old.

"Being in French team starting XI is always a privilege. However, I was a little disappointed to be substituted.

"When you are a forward you need time and try to not listen to the fans, above all at Stade de France, where the audience is always a little special."

Giroud has netted just once for France in 11 appearances for the national team and is also goalless after three games for the Gunners since his big-money move from Montpellier in the summer.


But it was better news for his team-mates as France made it two wins from two games in qualifying to show they will be a force for Spain in Group I.

Goals from Etienne Capoue, Christophe Jallet and Franck Ribery earned three points, although there were nervy moments for the home side after Anton Putsila netted for the visitors.

Deschamps was in no mood to be as critical of his team as the Paris fans had been, instead pointing out that qualification is becoming a tougher process every time.

"It's always a very good night when you win," said the France boss.

"It's becoming harder and harder to score three goals at the highest level, so you have to savour it.

"It's mission accomplished so far. Taking six points from two games is the ideal start, and we've pulled it off.

"The mighty Spain side only won 1-0 in Georgia; it's tough for everybody.

"We must savour these six points, which are a just reward for the lads' fighting spirit.

"We're stringing the results together. Playing at the Stade de France isn't easy, but the team's guiding principles got us through.

"The lads are committed to working hard as a team and that's where our consistency comes from."