Kylian Mbappe handed new France role but Didier Deschamps faces backlash over decision

by | 21 March, 2023 | Ligue 1 News

Kylian Mbappe arrived at France's Clairefontaine training base on Monday before news emerged that he's to become their new captain

Kylian Mbappe arrived at France’s Clairefontaine training base on Monday before news emerged that he’s to become their new captain

Didier Deschamps has named Kylian Mbappe as France’s new captain following the retirement of Hugo Lloris.

Mbappe, 24, will wear the armband this week when his nation begin their qualifying campaign for the 2024 European Championships this week. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar succeeds the Tottenham goalkeeper after he announced his retirement from international football following their World Cup final defeat to Argentina.

Head coach Deschamps, who signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with the French Football Federation in January, has chosen Mbappe over experienced candidates Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud.

Griezmann – who’s played the last 73 international games as an ever-present under Deschamps – was left bitterly disappointed upon learning of the news, according to Le Figaro and is, it’s claimed, contemplating his international future.

The 32-year-old Atletico Madrid ace is apparently set to deputise as vice-captain, starting with the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifying matches in Group B against the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland.