Kylian Mbappe to become new France captain
France will name Kylian Mbappe as their new national team captain following Hugo Lloris' retirement.
According to reports in France, Didier Deschamps has decided to name Kylian Mbappe as the new France captain, and he even informed the France squad on Monday evening about his decision.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar will be taking over the captaincy from Hugo Lloris who retired from international football after the 2022 World Cup. Lloris kept the armband for 14 years, from 2008 to 2022.
The 24-year-old Mbappe will become one of the youngest France captains ever. He has scored 36 goals in just 66 caps for France.
In his press conference on Monday, Deschamps refused to publicly confirm Mbappe's captaincy.
"The situation for Kylian, or any player at club level, is not the same as the one he has here with the national team,"
"That won't lead me to my decision, it's more through discussions.”
"I'm going to use these first few days with the group to discuss it with the players concerned,"
"Obviously, Kylian is one of those players. So, you'll know a bit more the next time I see you. In other words, the day before the game, on Thursday.
"I think if [Mbappe] has one quality, in addition to all his other qualities, it's that he's someone who is pretty good, very good at communication. So, I don't think that's a problem on that side.
"But, well, I can't tell you any more because I haven't decided today."
France will face the Netherlands on Friday in a qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship. They then face Ireland three days later.
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