France’s new captain is Kylian Mbappe

After the United States lost the World Cup final in January, Tottenham goalie Hugo Lloris decided to retire from international competition.

CLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES: Hugo Lloris has been replaced as France’s captain by Kylian Mbappe, a source close to the team informed AFP on Monday.

Hugo Lloris resigned last year. Mbappe, a 24-year-old forward for Paris Saint-Germain, agreed to the proposition after earlier-in-the-day negotiations with Didier Deschamps. After losing the World Cup final a month ago, Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris decided to quit his international career.

The skipper for more than a decade was Lloris, 36. As Manchester United center-back Raphael Varane retired after the team’s loss to Argentina in December, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann was named vice-captain. The 66-year-old international player, Mbappe, who assisted Les Bleus in winning the 2018 World Cup, had been strongly connected to the position for weeks.

He scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final defeat. Following Brazil’s Marquinhos as vice captain at PSG, the former Monaco forward 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.

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