Furious Antoine Griezmann is considering his international future with France after Kylian Mbappe was given the captaincy duty.
L’Equipe reported that Paris Saint Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe is expected to become the new captain of Les Bleus after Hugo Lloris, the World Cup-winning goalkeeper, retired.
Didier Deschamps, the coach of the French national team, reportedly considered several options before choosing the 24-year-old striker for the role.
Le Figaro reported that the decision has angered Antoine Griezmann, who has been a long-serving player for France.
The French star will not receive the captain’s armband despite playing more games for his country.
As a result, he is contemplating withdrawing himself from future call-ups. Griezmann, who is 32 years old and plays for Atletico Madrid, has earned 117 caps for his country since his senior debut in 2014.
Griezmann has scored 42 goals for France, helping them to win the World Cup back in 2018, and is said to be of the opinion that his vast experience would make him a suitable successor to Lloris.
He has previously said of his commitment to the collective cause: “I give everything for France and for Deschamps.”
Reportedly, Deschamps believes that Mbappe would be a better long-term choice as he could hold the captaincy for the next decade.
However, this decision may be causing disagreements among the team as they prepare for their Euro 2024 qualifying matches against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.