According to AFP, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has replaced the departed Hugo Lloris as France’s captain.
Kylian Mbappe, 24, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, accepted the offer following talks with coach Didier Deschamps earlier in the day. After losing the World Cup final a month earlier, Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris decided to end his international career. The captain for more than a decade was Lloris, 36. After Manchester United center-back Raphael Varane retired after the team’s loss to Argentina in December, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann was appointed vice-captain. At club level, Kylian Mbappe is also the vice captain behind Marquinhos; the former Monaco attacker captained the team without the defender during Sunday’s defeat to Rennes.
The qualifier for Euro 2024 against the Netherlands will be his first match as captain on Friday at the Stade de France, as they will be without Benzema, Lloris, and Varane, who all decided to retire from the national team after the World Cup final.