Kylian Mbappe 'adjusting fine' to being a superstar, says France captain Hugo Lloris

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Mbappe's star continues to rise.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes Kylian Mbappe has dealt well with his rise to superstar status after starring in Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph during the summer.

Lloris was captain of that side and saw Mbappe score four goals in the tournament, including one in the final – which  made him the first teenager to score in a final since Pele in 1958. The 18-year-old was duly named the World Cup’s best young player.

Since then, the youngster has been on a tear, starting his domestic campaign with Paris Saint-Germain with eight goals and three assists, including a four-goal performance against Lyon last weekend. He’s also been named in the FIFPro World XI as well as being nominated for the Ballon d’Or.

There’s no doubt that, even at his young age, Mbappe is now one of the world’s biggest stars.

“Obviously Kylian has a brand new status now,” Lloris said ahead of France’s friendly against Iceland.

“Even though he has done great things in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, the World Cup gave him a new dimension in the world’s eyes.

“He is adjusting just fine to this new status; we all know his great potential.

“He proved that in the second half against Lyon. I have not seen the first half, just the second one.

“It is not easy to score four goals in Ligue 1. I’m sure he can repeat these kinds of performances all over again.”

Lloris has been named to the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist, too, along with four other Frenchmen – Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann, and Raphael Varane.

“It is always a token of appreciation,” the Tottenham goalkeeper said.

“I am really pleased to be in the list of 30 personally and for my team-mates. We all hope that a French player will win, however we are not the ones choosing so we’ll just watch.”

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Karim Benzema tells France football federation president: 'I ask you to forget about me"

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Karim Benzema's France exile continues.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has repeated his call for Noel Le Graet, the president of France’s football federation, to stop talking about him after an interview with French media in which Le Graet said the 30-year-old’s time with the national team “was finished”.

“I have nothing against Karim,” said Le Graet. “He has always carried himself well in the French team, but I think Les Bleus are over for him, especially since he may be less fit than before.”

In response, Benzema tweeted, “Monsieur Le Graet, I ask you to forget about me. France are world champions and that’s the essential thing, the rest is just futile. Thankyou,” with the hashtags, “CaSuffit” (“That will do”) and “GiveMeABreak”.

Benzema has 21 goals in 81 caps for France, but has not played for the national team since 2015, due to his alleged role in the blackmail of France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, a charge the striker denies. He is still awaiting a court ruling to see whether he has a case to answer.

This is not the first time Le Graet’s comments have prompted a response from Benzema, with the France official having said in a May interview that the striker was “ancient history”.

“Monsieur Le Graet, with all the respect that I owe you, you have missed an opportunity to shut up,” Benzema wrote then.

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Phil Foden wants to follow in Jadon Sancho's footsteps for next gen England

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Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden believes England’s young guns can be as good as the ‘Golden Generation’ as he eyes Euro 2020.

The 18-year-old will be handed his England Under-21 debut against Andorra on Thursday or against Scotland on Tuesday.

The Young Lions need a point from their final two Group Four games to qualify for Euro 2019.

England’s latest young crop of talent has been dubbed the new ‘Golden Generation’ after the David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard era – although they failed to meet expectations.

The age groups have won the Under-17 World Cup, Under-20 World Cup and the Toulon Tournament for three straight years.

And Foden believes the current crop of talent can become individually as good as the past stars.

He said: “Yeah, definitely. We have got a lot of quality in the team and Jadon (Sancho) is an example. If you are playing well, he (Gareth Southgate) will give you a chance and he isn’t scared to call you up no matter what your age.

“It is exciting times for England with all these exciting kids coming through and the great thing is Gareth isn’t afraid to give us a chance. It’s good.

“Hopefully in the future we can win the World Cup. I think it is really good and it is going well.”

Foden has made five appearances for City this season as he tries to make an impression under Pep Guardiola.

He will be under consideration for Euro 2019, should the under-21s qualify as expected, but admits Euro 2020 remains an aim.

“Yeah, definitely. I’m hoping so. If it doesn’t happen, I will just keep working hard,” he said.

“Hopefully the time will come but that is what I am aiming for.”

England Under-21s host Andorra in Chesterfield on Thursday which is exactly a year since Foden scored in England Under-17s’ 3-2 group stage win over Mexico at the World Cup.

He also scored twice in the final as England beat Spain 5-2 to lift the trophy as well as being named player of the tournament.

Foden added: “It’s gone fast since then. I’ll always look back on it, great memories – it was obviously a special moment to win a World Cup but now I want to win it for higher ages and keep doing it.”

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