Kylian Mbappe promises not to change after being handed France captaincy

New France skipper Kylian Mbappe said he would not change after being given the armband by coach Didier Deschamps for the Euro 2024 qualifiers as he promised to be “a different captain” to long-term predecessor Hugo Lloris.

“I don’t have great experience of being a captain and we have important players in the team. I don’t want to decide or impose anything on anyone,” the 24-year-old told reporters Thursday on the eve of France’s home clash with the Netherlands.

“We are a united group and we have shown that when we are all pulling together we can do great things. It would be an error for me to shake all that up. He added: “I am not going to change. People listen to what I have to say in the dressing room. I just need to use my words in the right way.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has taken on the armband after veteran goalkeeper Lloris, skipper for more than a decade, retired from international duty in the wake of France’s run to the World Cup final in Doha at the end of last year.

Deschamps chose Mbappe over Antoine Griezmann despite the 117-times capped Atletico Madrid player being more senior at the age of 32.

Source: eNCA

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