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Mbappe Named France Captain After Lloris Retirement

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Kylian Mbappe has been named France captain after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris retired.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe, 24, accepted the proposal after discussions with coach Didier Deschamps earlier in the day.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris brought an end to his international career in January after losing the World Cup final a month earlier.

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Lloris, 36, had been skipper for more than a decade.

Athletico Madrid attacker, Antoine Griezmann was named vice-captain after Manchester United defender, Raphael Varane also announced his retirement following the defeat to Argentina at the World Cup in December.

Mbappe, who has played 66 times for his country, had been heavily linked with the role for weeks and scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final loss after helping Les Bleus to the title in 2018.

The former Monaco attacker is vice-captain at PSG behind Brazil’s Marquinhos and led the side in the defender’s absence during Sunday’s loss to Rennes.

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His first game as captain will be Friday’s Euro 2024 qualifier against the Netherlands at the Stade de France.

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