Arsenal star ready to die for France

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France striker Olivier Giroud says he and his teammates are "ready to die" in order to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.

Les Blues are on the brink of elimination from the qualifiers after losing 2-0 to Ukraine last week, but Didier Deschamps' men have the chance to make amends and book their place in Brazil in tonight's play-off second leg.

And Giroud, the in-form Arsenal forward, is determined to give his all if selected by the coach.

“We are ready to die on the pitch in order to qualify for the finals," he was quoted as saying by The Sun.“We want to show the people of France that we are proud to represent our country.

“I’m very optimistic about our chances. There is a lot of anger in me that I hope to transform into positive energy.

“I can’t imagine France not taking part at the World Cup finals."

France conceded two second-half goals in Kiev, and Giroud admits they lost because they simply weren't good enough on the night.

“After the first leg various important people who believe in the France team found the right words to get through to us," the 27-year-old added. “Coach Didier Deschamps and Noel Le Graet, the French FA president, spoke to us in ways that affected us deeply. The players discussed it among themselves as well — but now the time has come for the talking to stop.

“It is time to act. I am itching for the return game to get underway.

“I am hurt and I want to make amends — as do all my team-mates.

“We don’t deserve to go to Brazil based on last Friday’s performance. I hope we will on Tuesday night.”

France take on Ukraine at the Stade de France at 8pm this evening.

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