19th June, 2022
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has revealed that Kylian Mbappe considered retiring from France duty after being criticized for his displays at Euro 2020.
The 23-year-old 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.
Paris Saint-Germain 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.
“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 anymore – 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.
He has scored 27 goals in 57 senior caps, placing him 11th on Les Blues’ all-time record goalscorers, a list topped by Thierry Henry (51 goals).