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Top scorer Giroud joins France squad

French coach Laurent Blanc called up Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud (pictured) for the first time Thursday, making him part of the squad that will play friendly matches against the United States and Belgium later this month.

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AP - France coach Laurent Blanc called up Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud for the first time Thursday, including him in the squad that will play friendlies against the United States and Belgium this month.

Giroud is currently the top scorer in the French league with eight goals and has been instrumental in Montpellier’s rise to second place.

Last month, France finished top of its qualifying group to secure a place at next year’s European Championship.

France will host the United States on Nov. 11 and Belgium on Nov. 15.

France is unbeaten in its last 15 matches, including friendlies.

The draw for Euro 2012 will be held on Dec. 2 in Kiev, Ukraine.

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