France and England will face off in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, with the winner being two victories away from lifting the elusive trophy.
Nonetheless, the matchup sees the 2018 World Cup winner and the UEFA Euro 2020 runner-up go up against one another. One way the Three Lions can come away with the win over Les Bleus is by containing Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe scored a brace in France’s Round of 16 matchup and has five total goals this World Cup and is even making history too. Former English manager Stuart Pearce believes Manchester City’s Kyle Walker is the key to stopping the 23-year-old.
“Kyle Walker’s going to have to have the game of his life, there’s no doubting that,” Pearce told talkSPORT. “We’re going to have to stop the supply line to him.
“They’ve got a front four and real talent in that front four with Mbappe being the pick of the lot with his pace, his energy and his goal threat. You’ve got to stop the ball coming into him and then double up on him when he’ got the ball. To do that, you’ve got to press aggressively.”
The French forward will be a critical factor in the game as he can contribute not only to the goal-scoring department, but he has the capability of providing assists.
As a result, England must do everything they can to ensure Mbappe isn’t the reason they lose and have other players on the France national team beat them.