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2022 World Cup | France midfielder Youssouf Fofana jokes about England’s solution to stop Kylian Mbappé

The key talking point in the build-up to the quarterfinal clash between England and France has unquestionably been Les Bleus star Kylian Mbappé, with Three Lions right-back Kyle Walker tipped to counter the 23-year-old


The upcoming quarterfinal clash between old friends (and foes) England and France on Saturday night at Al Bayt Stadium is undoubtedly the headline fixture of the next round of the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup, with a myriad of storylines set to unfold as two European heavyweights clash amid expectations from both sides of the Channel.

Despite the wealth of talent on offer when the two come to grips on football’s biggest stage, the chief talking point on the night will surely revolve around Les Blues star man Kylian Mbappé and how the current goalscoring leader in Qatar can be shut down by Gareth Southgate’s men.

That is, of course, meant with no disrespect to England given the deep talent pool that Southgate can call upon, but Mbappé has outshone even his efforts from four years ago when France lifted their second World Cup trophy in Russia and is now performing at a level for his country that borders on unstoppable, akin to others before him the likes of Thierry Henry.

Southgate has complete faith in his side’s ability to deal with the Paris Saint-Germain talisman, including keeping faith in Manchester City’s Kyle Walker or turning to Newcastle United’s Kieran Tripper. But according to France midfielder Youssouf Fofana, Walker, and England, should pass on their defensive secrets to the rest of Ligue 1.

In quotes provided by Actu Foot, the AS Monaco midfielder joked about how hard it has been for the entire top flight of French football to find a solution regarding how to slow the 23-year-old Paris native down as the entire league still searches for a working formula, that perhaps Walker can bring to the table.

“If Walker knows how to stop Kylian, it’s to his credit. In the meantime, there are 19 other teams in Ligue 1 waiting for this solution.”

Fofana’s gesticulating comments can both be taken lightheartedly but also for face value in just how much faith the entire French camp has in their attacking talisman despite Didier Deschamps boasting arguably the deepest talent pool of any manager at the World Cup.

There is no guarantee that France will defeat England just a few days from now, but one thing is certain; Mbappé is set to take centerstage once again as the heir apparent to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the next forward to take football by storm for years to come.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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