France’s young star Kylian Mbappe has considered retiring from international play, noel Le Grete, the president of the French Football Association, has revealed after his lackluster participation in Euro 2020 last year.
Mbappe, 23, failed to shake the net during france’s four matches in the continental championship, before bidding farewell early with a loss to Switzerland in the round of 16.
Mbappe, the star of Paris Saint-Germain, wasted the decisive penalty shootout to get the world champions out of Europe following the loss to the Swiss team on penalties, which the two teams resorted to after a 3-3 draw after taking overtime.
Mbappe was subjected to much criticism at the time, and the French Federation president revealed how much this would affect the former Monaco star.
‘I met Mbappe after the Euro championship,’ Le Griet told The French newspaper Le Journal de Dimanche. He felt that the Federation had not defended him after he had wasted a penalty kick and was not around him against the criticism he faced.
‘We met for five minutes in my office. He was angry, he no longer wanted to play for the French national team, which he did not clearly mean.
‘You know who he is; he’s a winning player, he was very frustrated, as we all felt, because of exclusion.’ He’s a friend of the media. And a wonderful man, a much more collective player than people think.
Mbappe has played nine more international matches for France since a disappointing appearance at last year’s European Championships, contributed to his country’s european championship crown in its last edition, as well as led the team to the World Cup finals in Qatar this year.
Mbappe has scored 27 goals in 57 international appearances for France, making him 11th on the Dukes’ historic scorer list, led by former star Terry Henry with 51 goals.