Sat 25 March 2023 | 9:21

Deschamps: Griezmann isn’t disappointed for not being France's captain

Following Hugo Lloris' retirement from national duty, Kylian Mbappe was chosen as France's new captain. Deschamps insists Antoine Griezman doesn't feel disappointed for not being selected.

Thanks to goals from Griezmann, Upamecano, and a brace from Mbappe, France thrashed Netherlands in their first Euro 2024 qualifier in Group B. Antoine Griezmann, who was overlooked for France's captaincy, opened up the scoresheet in the second minute thanks to an assist by the nation's new captain, Kylian Mbappe.

Deschamps said after the match: "

Fortunately, I don't know what is said and written. The two get along well, they work well and they have the same objective of seeing the French team perform well.

"Antoine's disappointment lasted two minutes. There is not the slightest problem, like the whole group. Everyone gave off positive vibes.

"I don't know [if it was a perfect evening], but [it was] a very nice evening," Deschamps said. "The start was very good, efficient... We managed in the second half while continuing to be dangerous. That Mike stopped this penalty at the end ended the evening well."

Maignan was playing his first game as he replaced Lloris as France's first-choice goalkeeper.

"It's Mike. I didn't have to ask myself the question,"

he said. "

He was injured but whether it was his qualities as a goalkeeper or his mentality... total confidence. It went very well for him. Mike has everything to take over [from Lloris]."

Being asked whether he would change the line-up for their second Group B game away at the Republic of Ireland, Deschamps said:

"It will be another fight for us to fight."



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