According to sources contacted by Get French Football News, Kylian Mbappé, at the age of just 24 is the leading candidate to become captain of the France national team.
The potential candidates for the prestigious role are dwindling. The vacancy arose when France’s most-capped player, Hugo Lloris (36), retired from international football in the wake of Les Bleus’ World Cup final defeat to Argentina. Steve Mandanda (37) and Karim Benzema (34) were potential candidates for the role, but both have also taken the decision to retire from international football.
Raphaël Varane, at the age of just 29, is now also set to retire from international duty, according to Le Parisien. The fact that the player is suffering from physical and mental wear and tear, as well as the Manchester United centre-back’s desire to spend more time with his family are cited as reasons for the surprise imminent announcement.
Olivier Giroud’s (36) projected imminent announcement leaves Mbappé as the leading candidate to become Lloris’ successor and take the armband.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle