Kylian Mbappe: Storm in France Camp As Antoine Griezmann Reconsiders Future After Didier Deschamps Snubs Him

Kylian Mbappe: Storm in France Camp As Antoine Griezmann Reconsiders Future After Didier Deschamps Snubs Him

Martin Moses
  • Griezmann is said to be upset by Didier Deschamps' snub as France's new captain
  • Deschamps is set to unveil Mbappe as the new national team skipper after Hugo Lloris' retirement
  • Mbappe and Griezmann were the ideal candidates to lead the team after Raphael Varane opted to quit as well

A potential storm is brewing in the French camp, with Antoine Griezmann reportedly reconsidering his future with the national team.

Griezmann is said to be upset by Didier Deschamps' decision to pick Kylian Mbappe as the new national team captain.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, France, Didier Deschamps
Didier Deschamps celebrates with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann on December 10th 2022. Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT.
Source: Getty Images

A vacancy for the role presented itself when Hugo Lloris retired at the end of last year following an unsuccessful bid to retain the World Cup trophy.

Reports had been rife that Mbappe would be chosen to take over with the Paris Saint-Germain player considered the hottest prospect in world football.

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Sources indicated that Deschamps had already made his decision and is set to confirm it imminently to the public.

Even before the announcement, the Sun now reports that Griezmann was upset when he was informed that Mbappe will step in as the new skipper. The Atletico Madrid star has worn the armband on several occasions in the past in Lloris' absence and at 32 years, it could have made more logical sense to have him ahead of Mbappe.

Griezmann is now considering retiring altogether from the national team setup after leading his country to four major finals and winning one of them.

Mbappe as a captain, is not a bad pick either, with the striker capable of inspiring a team with his performances on the pitch. At 24 years, he is set to become the country's youngest-ever captain.

Why losing Griezmann might be a problem

Mbappe might be the go-to person for the 2018 world champions but Griezmann has remained an integral part of Deschamps' system. He has always been the unsung hero playing off Olivier Giroud and contributing defensively.

For all their abundance of talent, Deschamps doesn't have an immediate replacement for the former Barcelona man. The likes of Christopher Nkunku are still raw and learning the ropes of international football.

Deschamps recently extended his contract until the 2026 World Cup. The 54-year-old led the Les Bleus to an almost perfect World Cup campaign, only falling to Argentina via post-match penalties in the finals.

France stars report for duty

Sports Brief had earlier reported that France's national team players arrived 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 France coach, Didier Deschamps, along with PSG superstar, Kylian Mbappe.

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