Kylian Mbappe did everything he could to drag France to potential back-to-back FIFA World Cups. However, the 24-year-old fell short as Les Bleus fell in penalty kicks to Argentina (4-2) on Sunday.
Nonetheless, the Paris Saint-Germain star showed that he’s more than capable of being a leader for the team as Mbappe is now the face of French football if he wasn’t already leading into the 2022 World Cup.
L’Equipe reported Tuesday (h/t Canal Supporters) that if Tottenham Hotspur and current France national team captain Hugo Lloris should retire from international football, Kylian Mbappé could wear the captain’s armband of the France team from March 2023.
🚨 | Si Hugo Lloris prend sa retraite internationale, Kylian Mbappé pourrait porter le brassard de capitaine de l’équipe de France dès mars 2023💪🇫🇷
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— Canal Supporters (@CanalSupporters) December 20, 2022
Mbappe led by example during the World Cup Final loss, scoring the two goals, leveling the scoring 2-2 and then tying it in extra time 3-3 to push it to penalty kicks, where he converted his shot, but it wasn’t enough.
Now entering his mid-20s, the French Football Federation is ready to hand the forward the leadership keys to the national team. He will have to put the loss to Argentina behind him as up next for France is the qualifying matches for the upcoming 2024 UEFA Euros.