PSG Superstar Kylian Mbappe Set to Succeed Hugo Lloris As France Captain at the Age of 24

PSG Superstar Kylian Mbappe Set to Succeed Hugo Lloris As France Captain at the Age of 24

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 21, 2023 at 8:01 AM
  • Kylian Mbappe has reportedly been selected by Didier Deschamps to be France's national team captain
  • He takes over from Hugo Lloris following the goalkeeper’s retirement from international football
  • Mbappe scored seven goals for France en route to Les Bleus being losing finalists at the 2022 World Cup

Kylian Mbappe is set to become one of the youngest national team captains after being selected as the preferred candidate to take over from retired goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.

France manager, Didier Deschamps has reportedly selected the 24-year-old ahead of fellow contender and Atletico Madrid forward, Antoine Griezmann, who was also in line for the captaincy.

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Kylian Mbappe is set to succeed Hugo Lloris as France national team's captain with his announcement set for Thursday. Photo by Alex Livesey.
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According to Get Football, the retirements of senior players including Steve Mandanda, Karim Benzema, and then vice-captain, Raphaël Varane left Mbappe and Griezmann as the two candidates for vacant captain spot.

Deschamps revealed he would hold further discussions with the Paris Saint-Germain star about the France captaincy, with the decisions expected to be officially announced on March 23.

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Mbappe has scored 36 goals for Les Bleus in 66 appearances, including netting eight goals at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to emerge as the golden boot winner.

Deschamps excited about Mbappe captaincy

Meanwhile, Deschamps has outlined the key qualities that make Mbappe the perfect choice to become the next national team captain, Goal reported.

The French national coach hailed the PSG forward and said one of his best qualities was excelling at communication, in addition to all his other attributes.

Mbappe is expected to be in action when France kicks off their qualifying campaign for the upcoming European Championships against the Netherlands on Friday.

Mbappe arrives for international duty

Sports Brief also reported on the French national team arriving in style at Clairefontaine, the team's training base, for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.

Brothers, Khephren and Marcus Thuram were called up by Deschamps along with PSG superstar, Mbappe who all arrived looking dapper ahead of their international assignments.

Les Bleus have been drawn in a tricky Group B featuring 2004 Euro champions Greece, dark horses Ireland, three-time World Cup losing finalists the Netherlands and Gibraltar.

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