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Kylian Mbappe Replaces Hugo Lloris as Captain of France National Team

Kylian Mbappe is one of the most valuable players on the French national team, and he’ll have an even bigger role going forward. The Paris Saint-Germain star will assume the captaincy over the French national team following Hugo Lloris’ retirement. Lloris announced his retirement at the age of 36 earlier this year, and his departure made it clear there’s a change of guards underway in Team France. France manager Didier Deschamps eventually confirmed Mbappe will take over from Lloris as the team’s new captain. "Kylian Mbappe is the new France captain. Antoine Griezmann is the vice-captain. Kylian ticks all the boxes to have this responsibility. On the pitch as well as within the squad, by being a key element," he told French outlet Telefoot. Many believed that Antoine Griezmann is a more obvious pick after starting a record 74 consecutive games for France, and sources close to the player claim he was "upset and hurt" by Deschamps’ decision. Even though Mbappe is far less experienced, he significantly contributed to the success of the French national team since making his senior debut in 2017. He scored two goals to lead France to their second World Cup win in 2018, and he was the top scorer at last year’s World Cup, but his team eventually lost the final to Argentina.