Kylian Mbappe has been appointed as the new captain of the French national football team by coach Didier Deschamps ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The decision was made after Hugo Lloris retired from international football following the 2022 World Cup and vice-captain Raphael Varane also retiring from international football.

Deschamps informed the team on Monday that Mbappe would be taking on the role. Mbappe has already led France once in a match against Denmark last September, and his appointment makes him one of the youngest captains in the team’s history.

“Kylian Mbappe is the new captain of the Blues. Antoine Griezmann is the vice-captain,” he said. “Kylian meets all the boxes to have this responsibility. On the field as in group life, by being a unifying element.”

Deschamps has expressed confidence in Mbappe’s ability to lead the team, citing his on-field and off-field qualities as a unifying element. Antoine Griezmann has been named the vice-captain.