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Mbappe considered retiring from France duty after Euro 2020

Kylian Mbappe. | PHOTO: Getty Images |
  • Kylian Mbappe considered retiring after the disappointing EURO 2020 run with France
  • France was eliminated in the round of 16 by Switzerland through a penalty shoot out
  • Mbappe missed a decisive penalty in the shoot outs that saw Switzerland win the tie

Youngster forward Kylian Mbappe considered retiring from France duty after being criticised for his displays at Euro 2020, according to French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet.

The 23-year-old PSG forward failed to score in any of his four outings in last year’s competition, with France surprisingly being eliminated by Switzerland in the last 16.

The former Monaco forward Mbappe missed the decisive spot-kick as the reigning world champions suffered a shock defeat on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra time.

Mbappe was subjected to much of the criticism at the time, and FFF chief Le Graet has revealed just how much that affected the former Monaco star.

Mbappe penalty miss

Kylian Mbappe saw his penalty missed in the shoot outs against Switzerland in the Euro 2020 Round of 16. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

“I met with him after the Euros. He felt that the Federation had not defended him after his missed penalty and the criticism he faced,” Le Graet told Le Journal du Dimanche.

“We met for five minutes in my office. He was angry, he didn’t want to play for the French team any more – which he obviously didn’t mean.

“You know how it is; he’s a winner, he was very frustrated, like all of us, by the elimination. He’s so media-friendly. He’s a great guy, much more collective than people think.”

Mbappe has gone on to play a further nine times for France since last year’s disappointing Euro 2020 showing, helping his country to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Since the penalty miss, Mbappe has regained his scoring prowess for the World Champions. He has scored 27 goals in 57 senior caps, placing him 11th on Les Blues’ all-time record goal scorers, a list topped by Thierry Henry (51 goals).

Nathan Sialah is a journalist by profession with interest in politics, sports, cryptocurrency and human interests with 5 years experience in Radio and Digital Journalism. This has helped Sialah develop a responsible approach to any task he undertakes or any situation that he is presented with.

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