Kylian Mbappe to be named France captain

Kylian Mbappe, France
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According to France Bleu Paris, Kylian Mbappe has become the next France captain after edging Antoine Griezmann for such bragging rights in Didier Deschamps' mind.

Still a supremely young 24 years old, Mbappe has seemingly been chosen by Didier Deschamps to be the captain of the French national team, after the international retirement of Hugo Lloris. The Bondy native has been selected over Antoine Griezmann, who was the favorite to take the armband before this breaking news popped up of late.

For a few weeks, different media outlets had reported that Mbappe was among the candidates to take the Les Bleus armband even at such a young age. With many veterans retiring from international football, including Steve Mandanda (37), Karim Benzema (34), and vice-captain Raphael Varane (29), the options came down to Mbappe and Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann.

Speaking to Telefoot a few days ago, Hugo Lloris endorsed Mbappe to succeed him as captain on Sunday. The Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper announced his retirement from the national team following France's World Cup final loss to Argentina in December, in which he could do nothing to stop Lionel Messi from becoming a world champion and solidifying his status as the GOAT.

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Didier Deschamps said on Monday that he would hold talks with Mbappe about the France captaincy, with the decisions expected to be officially announced on Thursday, one day before France take on the Netherlands in a EURO 2024 qualifiers game.