Mbappe is a match for Giroud as he takes on big guns in France training
Kylian Mbappe showed the kind of fearlessness Monaco fans have grown used to in the outskirts of Paris on Tuesday morning, as he proved a match for the seasoned stars of France’s national team in his second training session with the squad.
The 18-year-old earned his first call-up to Les Bleus for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg and their friendly tie against Spain after a barnstorming season for the Ligue 1 leaders.
His astronomical rise will hit new heights if and when he makes his debut for France this week and he looked determined to prove he was ready as he took on the likes of Olivier Giroud at their training base in Clairefontaine.
He was seen evading the Arsenal star before turning away and shooting but also had time to cut loose and relax with his Paris Saint-Germain rival Layvin Kurzawa.
It certainly looked as though he had been with the set-up much longer than 48 hours.
Didier Deschamps was left with little option but to hand Mbappe his first call-up after seeing him score 13 goals in his last 12 appearances for Monaco, including one in each leg of their Champions League tie against Manchester City.
Although he was already well known to European juggernauts like Real Madrid and Barcelona, his fine form is likely to see him become one of this summer’s hottest properties.
Another one tipped for a mega transfer this summer is Antoine Griezmann, who himself is already considered one of the best forwards this planet has to offer.
He was seen practicing his sharp shooting alone, which will need to be at its very best if France are to beat Spain in one of the international break’s more notable friendly fixtures.
There was, however, no sight of Manchester United star Paul Pogba, who missed Sunday’s win over Middlesbrough after limping out of their Europa League win over FC Rostov last week.
His hamstring twinge was not enough to stop him linking up with the national squad but it seems the £89million man was not quite ready to return to the pitch and may be rested for what constitutes a formality against the world’s 135th-ranked nation on Saturday.
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