Kylian Mbappe considered retiring from France duty after being criticised for his displays at Euro 2020, according to French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet.
The 23-year-old failed to score in any of his four games in last year’s tournament, and France were stunned by Switzerland in the last 16.
Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe missed the final pack-kick as the reigning world champions lost a thrilling penalty shootout following a 3-3 draw in extra time.
Kylian Mbappé was widely criticized at the time, and FFF official Le Graët revealed how much that affected the former Monaco star.
“I met him after the Euro games. He felt that the Federation did not protect him after missing the penalty and the criticism he faced, “Le Graët told Le Journal du Dimanche.
“We met for five minutes in my office. He was angry, he no longer wanted to play for the French team – obviously he did not mean it.
“You know what it is like; he is a conqueror, he was very frustrated, like the rest of us, in extinction. Ready for the media. He is a good man, more organized than most people think. ”
Mbappé has played nine more times in France since last year’s disappointing Euro 2020 match, helping his country qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
He has netted 27 goals in 57 games, placing him 11th in Les Blues’ all-time leading scorer, a list topped by Thierry Henry (51 goals).