Deschamps selects Kylian Mbappe as the new France captain
Paris Saint-Germain ahead Kylian Mbappe has been confirmed as the new captain for the France nationwide staff, coach Didier Deschamps stated on Tuesday.
Sources advised ESPN that Deschamps had knowledgeable the France squad about the determination on Monday.
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Speaking to French outlet Telefoot, Deschamps stated: “Kylian Mbappe is the new France captain. Antoine Griezmann is the vice-captain.
“Kylian ticks all the containers to have this duty. On the pitch as effectively as inside the squad, by being a key ingredient.”
Mbappe, who has 66 caps and 36 goals for France, is taking over the captaincy from Hugo Lloris who retired from international football after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
According to sources, Deschamps had a discussion with Mbappe on Monday at Clairefontaine, the France team training centre. He also spoke with Griezmann, who was the other candidate for the armband. The head coach had made his mind up already and announced the news to his squad on Monday evening.
Mbappe will become one of the youngest France captains ever and will follow in the footsteps of Lloris who kept the armband for 14 years from 2008 to 2022.
Deschamps said during his news conference on Monday that the main quality in his choice was “legitimacy” and that “the widespread curiosity will prevail.” Deschamps added that he may really feel that Mbappe has stepped up in his management since the World Cup.
Mbappe, who has already worn the armband for Les Bleus as soon as, midway by way of the recreation in opposition to Denmark in September, will begin his new captaincy period on Friday in opposition to the Netherlands at the Stade de France in a qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship. They then go to Ireland in Dublin three days later.