Paris (DPA/Stats Perform)
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet revealed that Kylian Mbappé, the young French star, had considered withdrawing from international football, amid his criticisms following his lackluster participation in the “Euro 2020” European Nations Cup last year. .
23-year-old Mbappé failed to score in the four games France played in the continental championship before losing the competition early to the Swiss team in the round of 16. European Nations after losing to the Swiss team on penalties, which two teams took refuge after a 3–3 draw after resorting to extra time.
Mbappe faced a lot of criticism at the time and the president of the French Federation revealed how this affected the former star of the French team Monaco.
Le Graet told the French newspaper “Le Journal du Dimanche”: I met Mbappe after the European Championship. He felt that Al Ittihad failed to defend him after he missed a penalty and was not there for him against the criticism he received.
Le Graet added: We met in my office for five minutes. He was angry, he didn’t want to play for the French national team anymore – which he clearly didn’t mean.
The president of the French Football Federation explained: You know who he is; He is a winning player, he was very frustrated, as we all felt, with the elimination. He is a friend of the media. He’s a great guy and a lot more of a team player than people think.
Mbappe has played 9 other caps with France since his disappointing performance at the European Championship last year, contributed to his country’s crowning in the European Nations League at the last edition and led the team to the World Cup final in Qatar this year.
Mbappé scored 27 goals in 57 caps for France, making him 11th in the list of historical goalscorers for the team “Rooster”, led by former star Thierry Henry with 51 goals.