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Didier Deschamps denies France-Mbappe theory ahead of England clash

Kylian Mbappe
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The Paris Saint-Germain striker has contributed to seven of France’s nine World Cup goals.

France manager Didier Deschamps has said the team is not ‘over-dependent’ on Kylian Mbappe ahead of the quarter-final clash with England on Saturday.

The 23-year-old attacker leads the World Cup Golden Boot race with five goals in four appearances. Having also supplied two assists in the tournament, he has directly contributed toward seven of the French team’s nine goals.

“I’m sure England will have prepared to face Kylian as our previous opponents did, but he’s in a position to make the difference,” Deschamps said in a pre-match press conference.

“Even in the last match, he didn’t show his top form, but he was still decisive. We have other players that can be dangerous as well, so that helps us not be over-dependent on Kylian.

“But Kylian is Kylian, and he has that capacity to make the difference at any moment.”

Mbappe, who has nine World Cup goals to his name already, gave two goals and an assist in France’s 3-1 win over Poland in the last 16.

The defending world champions will meet England at the Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday, hoping to book a semi-final spot. For betting tips and a preview of the match, visit the link here on Ace Football.