Olivier Giroud tried his hand at speaking Welsh ahead of France’s friendly against them.

The 31-year-old is set to feature for France when they play Wales on Friday night.

In the build-up to the game,  Giroud was curious about some phrases he could use on the pitch. A Welsh journalist helped him out, and taught him “good evening” and “thank you very much”.

Perhaps he could also learn “Aaron, stop taking up my space” and “get back into midfield” while he’s at it.

France have already qualified for this summer’s World Cup and will be using their upcoming games against Wales and Germany as preparation.

There were some fears earlier in the week that Giroud had picked up an injury in training, but he seems to be okay.

As a result, he could start yet again for France, despite not starting a single Premier League game for Arsenal this season.

The 31-year-old has come on as a sub in 10 games, but has only started in the cups so far.

Wales, meanwhile, failed to qualify for the World Cup. That hasn’t stopped them from calling up Aaron Ramsey for their friendlies. Fingers crossed his hamstring stays intact.

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