In an interview given to the JDD, the president of the FFF Noël Le Graët returns to the moment when Kylian Mbappé almost stopped his international career, annoyed by the criticism suffered after his missed shot on goal against Switzerland at the Euro.
He could have ended his international career at only 22 years old. Upset by the criticism suffered after his missed shot on goal in the round of 16 of the last Euro, during the elimination of the French team against Switzerland (3-3, 4-5 on pens), Kylian Mbappé almost got caught in the stride a drastic decision. This is what the president of the French Football Federation Noël Le Graët says in an interview given to the Journal du Dimanche.
“I had received him after the Euros, he found that the Federation had not defended him after his missed penalty and the criticism on the networks. We had seen each other for five minutes in my office. “I did not wanted to say that, on the contrary, you have always been very nice. He was angry, he no longer wanted to play in the France team – which he obviously did not think. You know what it is, it’s a winner, he was very frustrated, like all of us, by the elimination … He is so publicized. He is a great guy, much more collective than you think, “says Le Graët.
Mbappé didn’t want to be “a problem”
Mbappé had himself admitted having considered taking a break in selection after the Euro. “I have always put the France team above everything and I will always put it above everything, he recalled in the columns of L’Equipe in October. I have never touched a euro for play in the France team and I will always play for free for my country. Above all, I never wanted to be a problem. But from the moment I felt that I was supposedly starting to become a problem and that people felt like a problem… The most important thing is the France team, and if the France team is happier without me, that’s how it is.”
There was ultimately no break and the PSG striker has since confirmed his status as an indispensable element within the Blues. In 57 selections, he has already scored 27 goals. At this rate, it will not take him very long to dislodge Thierry Henry (51 goals) at the top of the ranking of the top scorers in the history of the France team. In the meantime, his next big goal will obviously be to win a second world star in Qatar.