Kylian Mbappe was prepared to QUIT the France national team after Euro 2020 penalty miss
Kylian Mbappé was ready to STOP the French national team after the missed penalty that caused Les Blues to crash out of Euro 2020 sent him a barrage of criticism, French Football Federation chief reveals
- France left Euro 2020 in the last 16 after losing on penalties to Switzerland
- Kylian Mbappé missed the decisive attempt with his shot saved by Yann Sommer
- It has now been revealed that the striker was considering leaving the national team
- According to Noel Le Graet, he felt that the FFF was not protecting him from the criticism
According to Noel Le Graet, the president of the French Football Association, Kylian Mbappé was prepared to leave the French national team after the barrage of criticism he received after his penalty miss against Switzerland at Euro 2020.
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe saw his decisive goal saved by Yann Sommer in the last-16 shootout, leaving his country out of the tournament.
He was quickly vilified on social media by outraged fans, leading to some initial suggestions that the 23-year-old might pull himself out of the fray for Les Blues.
Kylian Mbappé was ready to leave the French team after his decisive penalty miss at Euro 2020
The ace’s spot kick was saved by Switzerland’s Yann Sommer, causing Les Blues to crash
This has now been confirmed by Le Graet after the duo had a brief discussion, but the chief has also maintained that the frustration was only for a fleeting moment.
“I met him after the European Championship, he felt that the Federation had not defended him after his missed penalty and the criticism of the networks,” he said. Le Journal Du Dimanche†
“We met in my office for five minutes. He was angry, he didn’t want to play for the French team anymore – which he clearly didn’t mean.
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has admitted Mbappé was ‘angry’
“You know how it is, he’s a winner, he was, like all of us, very frustrated with the elimination. He is so media friendly.
“He’s a great guy, much more collective than people think.”
Mbappe took to social media after his miss, admitting France was “incredibly sad” after they crashed, saying the lopsided shot would keep him up at night.
But boss Didier Deschamps declined to blame the hotshot, who has scored 27 goals for Les Blues in his 57 caps so far, despite the debilitating setback.
The superstar admitted his precious 40-foot miss last year would keep him up at night
In October 2021, Mbappe revealed he was willing to walk away from the fray on the international stage if he was considered a ‘problem’ for the side.
“I have never taken a euro to play for the French national team and I will always play for my national team for free,” he said.
‘Above all, I never wanted to be a problem.
“But from the moment I started to feel like I was becoming a problem and people thought I was a problem…
Mbappe previously said he would be willing to walk away if he was seen as a problem
“I got the message that my ego was making us lose, that I wanted to take up too much space, so we might have won without me.
“The most important thing is the French national team and if the French national team is happier without me, [I’ll go]†
“I met with the president and we talked about it. What I started complaining to him about was that I was insulted and called a ‘monkey’ for missing a penalty.
‘That’s not the same. I will never complain about a penalty. The penalty, I was the one who missed it.’