French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet revealed that French star Kylian Mbappé had considered withdrawing from international football over his criticisms following his lackluster participation in the European Nations Cup (Euro 2020) last year.
Mbappé, 23, failed to score in the four games the French team played in the continental championship before leaving the competition early by losing to Switzerland in the round of 16.
Mbappe, the star of French club Paris Saint-Germain, missed the decisive penalty; The world champions were eliminated from the European Nations after losing to the Swiss team on penalties, where the two teams took refuge after a 3-3 draw after extra time.
Mbappé faced a lot of criticism at the time and the President of the French Federation revealed the magnitude of his impact on the young star.
“I met Mbappe after the European Championship and he felt that the federation did not defend him after he missed a penalty and did not stand by his side against the criticism he received,” Le Graet told the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.
“We met in my office for five minutes, he was angry, he no longer wanted to play for the French national team, which he clearly didn’t mean,” added Le Graet.
“You know who he is, he’s a winning player, he was just as frustrated as all of us about the lockout. He’s a friend of the media, a great guy, a much more collective player than people think,” said the Frenchman. football association. Federation President explained.
Mbappé has played 9 other caps with the French national team since his disappointing performance at the European Championship last year, contributing to his country’s crowning in the European Nations League in the latest edition, leading the team to this year’s World Cup final in Qatar .
Mbappe scored 27 goals in 57 international matches with France; This made him 11th in the list of historical scorers for the team “Rooster”, led by former star Thierry Henry with 51 goals.