Antoine Griezmann is reportedly mulling over his international future with France after seeing captaincy duty passed to Kylian Mbappe.
With the retirement of World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has taken over as captain of Les Bleus. Before deciding on the 24-year-old frontman, Didier Deschamps is believed to have carefully considered the many possibilities open to him. The head coach confirmed his choice in an interview on Tuesday.
Long-serving Griezmann, who has been chosen France’s new vice-captain, is thought to be miffed by that choice. According to Le Figaro, he is reportedly considering excluding himself from consideration for upcoming call-ups. The 32-year-old Atletico Madrid player has 117 international appearances under his belt since making his senior debut in 2014.
Griezmann has scored 42 goals for France, helping them to global glory 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.”
Mbappe is reportedly seen by Deschamps as a more viable long-term option, someone who could wear the starting jersey for the next ten years, but that choice may be dividing the team ahead of the team’s opening matches in the Euro 2024 qualification series against the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.