Following Lloris’ retirement, Mbappe is designated the new captain of France

A source close to the squad told AFP on Monday that ylian Mbappe has taken over as France’s captain from the retired Hugo Lloris.

Mbappe, a 24-year-old forward for Paris Saint-Germain, agreed to the idea after earlier-in-the-day discussions with Didier Deschamps.

After losing the World Cup final a month earlier, Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris decided to terminate 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.

The 66-time international player, Mbappe, who assisted Les Bleus in winning the 2018 World Cup, had been strongly linked to the position for weeks. He made a hat-trick in the World Cup final defeat.

Following Brazil’s Marquinhos as vice skipper at PSG, 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 skipper on Friday at the Stade de France.

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