France manager Didier Deschamps says captaincy ‘will not change’ Kylian Mbappe

France manager Didier Deschamps says captaincy ‘will not change’ Kylian Mbappe after the PSG star scored twice in his first game in the role as Les Bleus beat the Netherlands 4-0

  •  France beat the Netherlands 4-0 in their Euros qualifier on Thursday night
  • Kylian Mbappe bagged a brace in his first game as captain of his country
  • Manager Didier Deschamps insisted being skipper ‘will not change’ the striker 

Didier Deschamps has insisted captaincy ‘will not change’ Kylian Mbappe after playing his first game as national skipper against the Netherlands.

Les Bleus won the Euros qualifier 4-0 as Mbappe bagged a brace following goals from Antoine Griezmann’ and Dayot Upamecano in the first ten minutes. 

It was an important result in France’s first game since losing the World Cup final to Argentina last summer. 

Deschamps’ decision to make the 24-year-old Mbappe captain had raised eyebrows, with Griezmann reportedly upset that he had been overlooked for the role. The pair have since made up and Mbappe insisted he ‘cleared the air’ with his teammate before the game.

The France boss confirmed he expected nothing different from his star striker, as he told La Chaine L’Equipe after the game: ‘The captain’s armband is not going to change him’.

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace against the Netherlands in his first game as France captain

Didier Deschamps has insisted the captaincy 'will not change' his star striker

Didier Deschamps has insisted the captaincy ‘will not change’ his star striker

 ‘He’s getting involved and is enjoying himself. He’s making efforts like his teammates do. He also changed positions occasionally, he knew how to compensate. 

‘He is the skipper but he already in played games like this. Like the rest of the squad, he had that desire to produce a very good game and, most of all, to win.’

Mbappe’s brace on Friday took him past Karim Benzema to become France’s fifth highest goal scorer with 38

With at least a decade left in the game, few would bet against him passing Olivier Giroud’s record of 53.

‘We prepared all week with a view to not disappoint our fans’, said Mbappe told TF1 after the game.

Antoine Greizmann also scored in the game

Mbappe is now France's fifth highest goal scorer

Antoine Greizmann was reportedly put out by the decision to make Mbappe captain, but the pair have since made up

 ‘We wanted to follow in our footsteps from the World Cup, aside from the final. We’re very happy. It’s a good first step, but there’s all to play for in the group.’

‘I continued to do my job, help the team and be decisive. I’m trying to bring more of the team with me. It worked today, but it’s only a start.’ 

Les Bleus will next be in action when they face the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

Stephen Kenny’s side come into the clash in good form after beating Latvia 3-2 on Wednesday.