Kylian Mbappe now captain of the French national team.Photo/Insider
France forward Kylian Mbappe will now take over as captain of the national team after Hugo Lloris stepped down following the World Cup final defeat to Argentina, a source close to the team has told AFP.
24-year-old Mbappe who plays for Paris Saint-Germain accepted the role after discussions with head coach Didier Deschamps.
His first game as captain will be Friday’s Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands at the Stade de France, the first match for Les Bleus since their World Cup final in Doha on December 18.
The forward, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final defeat, had been heavily linked with the armband for weeks.
Mbappe helped Les Bleus win the World Cup as a teenager in 2018 and has since established himself arguably as one of the leading forward on the global stage.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas