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  • Kylian Mbappe takes over as France captain from the retired Hugo Lloris.
  • Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann named vice-captain after Manchester United’s Raphael Varane also retired.
  • Mbappe set to make his debut as France’s captain in their upcoming Euro 2024 Qualifier match against the Netherlands on Friday.

According to a source close to the team, Kylian Mbappe has taken over the role of France captain from the retired Hugo Lloris. The 24-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward was offered the position after speaking with Coach Didier Deschamps on Monday, and he accepted it. Lloris, the goalkeeper for Tottenham, retired from international football in January after losing the World Cup final the previous month.

After serving as captain for over a decade, Hugo Lloris, who is currently 36 years old, stepped down from his position. Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann was named vice-captain after Manchester United’s Raphael Varane also retired following a defeat to Argentina in December.

Kylian Mbappe, who has played for his country 66 times, was a top contender for the captaincy and was rumored to be a favorite for the position for several weeks. He scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final loss after helping France win the title in 2018. Currently, Mbappe serves as vice-captain at PSG behind Marquinhos from Brazil and led the team in the defender’s absence during their loss to Rennes on Sunday.

Kylian Mbappe has prior captaincy experience as he currently serves as the vice-captain for his club, PSG. He led the team in the absence of captain Marquinhos during their recent loss to Rennes, although PSG is still at the top of the league table.

According to reports, Mbappe is set to make his debut as France’s captain in their upcoming Euro 2024 Qualifier match against the Netherlands on Friday, which will take place at the Stade de France. However, he recently missed out on The BEST FIFA Men’s Player Of the Year award to Lionel Messi, which was presented on the night of the World Cup final in Doha.

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