In the latest France news, Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has talked up the importance of Antoine Griezmann for France at the 2018 World Cup.
Griezmann has emerged as one of Europe’s most talented attacking threats since joining Atletico Madrid from Real Sociedad in the summer of 2014 for a fee in the region of 30million euros.
The 27-year-old boasts 79 goals in 142 La Liga appearances and has also firmly established himself on the international stage.
His performances at the European Championship two years ago led France to the final on home soil, but they fell at the final hurdle against Portugal.
The forward was France’s standout player as he finished the tournament with the Golden Boot and six goals to his name.
France enter the 2018 World Cup as one of the favourites to go all the way but their progression in Russia will hang heavily on the shoulders of Griezmann.
Mbappe, who will get his first taste of a major tournament with France this summer, has backed Griezmann to thrive under pressure.
“I think that he is the boss since the Euro already,” Mbappe said. “When you end the European Championship the best goalscorer in your own country, you show the world that you have the shoulders to handle the pressure.
“It’s true that he went through a bad patch following the competition, but he showed how [much of] an amazing player he was and he is by scoring goal after goal. He will be pivotal for us if we want to get results.”