Kylian Mbappe is a leading candidate to become captain of France, head coach Didier Deschamps confirmed on Thursday.
Deschamps will need a new skipper for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland after Hugo Lloris retired from international football.
Lloris stepped down from national team duty after the World Cup, where France lost to Argentina in the final, and tournament top scorer Mbappe is considered to have leadership qualities.
“There are some that I consider possible,” said Deschamps. “Kylian is one of them.
“This will go through discussions with them before I make my decision. There is a responsibility in relation to being captain, with a little more important responsibility, but I want to have this discussion internally before I make my decision.”
Deschamps cast doubt on Adrien Rabiot being in the picture to lead Les Bleus.
He said of the Juventus midfielder: “Even if he has some experience, we know him well, as it is he has a possible form of leadership. But the captaincy, I don’t know if he really wants it deep down. To let him stay as he is already will be very good.”
Deschamps left out Axel Disasi and Matteo Guendouzi as he named a 23-player group for the games at home to the Dutch on March 24 and away to the Irish on March 27.
He could hand first caps to Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana, Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram and Lens goalkeeper Brice Samba, who all earned call-ups.
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