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Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema both vital for France - David Trezeguet

David Trezeguet believes France can learn from how he was used to win the European Championships in 2000 to allow Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud to do the same for the hosts at this summer's tournament.

Trezeguet, 38, will always be remembered for scoring a golden goal as France beat Italy 2-1 in extra time in the final of Euro 2000, just two years after Les Bleus had won the World Cup.

But like Giroud, who has often been behind Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in the pecking order for France coach Didier Deschamps, Trezeguet faced stiff competition from the likes of Gunners legend Thierry Henry at international level.

Olivier Giroud has scored 13 goals for France so far in his international career.

"I was the subject of debate, like Olivier Giroud is the subject of debate today," Trezeguet told France Football. "Nothing has changed -- from 'Titi' [Henry] and me to Benzema and Giroud.

"Olivier is a classic centre-forward. Karim is too but in a different context, a different system. They're two solutions that you have to have."

The former Juventus striker came off the bench to lay on France's equaliser in injury time against Italy, noting that it was not a goal that owed anything to his side's original game plan. 

"In 2000, we praised the quality of the French team's game," he said. "But in the final we equalised from a clearance by [goalkeeper] Fabien Barthez, a headed flick-on and Sylvain's goal. You have to know how to get out of a system."

David Trezeguet was the hero as France beat Italy in Rotterdam to become European as well as world champions.

Benzema is currently suspended from the national team but if he is cleared in time to play at Euro 2016, Giroud could find himself watching France's matches from the bench. But Trezeguet has backed the former Montpellier forward to make a similar impact if and when he comes on as a substitute.

"Olivier is less spectacular than Karim but he's vital because he scores a lot or brings about goals because of his presence," he said.

"But you have to talk to him, keep repeating to him that he's important because it's not easy.

"In the final of Euro 2000, three changes who just came on made the difference -- Robert [Pires], Sylvain and me. The only concern is to be ready."


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