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Antoine Griezmann considering France retirement after Mbappe decision

Griezmann at Atletico Madrid
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The Paris Saint-Germain superstar is the new France captain.

Antoine Griezmann is reportedly considering international retirement after the confirmation of Kylian Mbappe’s captaincy at France.

On Tuesday, Didier Deschamps announced Mbappe as France’s new captain ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

“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.”

Griezmann and Adrien Rabiot were the other main candidates to wear the armband after Hugo Lloris’ retirement. However, their experience wasn’t enough to earn them the captaincy.

According to Le Figaro, Deschamps’ decision has made Griezmann furious. The 32-year-old is reportedly considering international retirement as he doesn’t want his new role as France’s second captain.

Griezmann has scored 42 goals in his 117 appearances for Les Bleus. The former Barcelona star played a central role in France’s triumph in the 2018 World Cup.

Deschamps has called up the experienced forward for his side’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Netherlands and Ireland.

ESPN has claimed Deschamps communicated his decision to Mbappe and Griezmann separately on Monday. The Atletico Madrid star is yet to react publicly to Mbappe’s captaincy at France.