Kylian Mbappe misses France training days before quarter-final tie with England

Kylian Mbappe France
Kylian Mbappe France

France has been dealt a slight injury scare after superstar Kylian Mbappe missed team training on Tuesday, four days before their World Cup quarter-final against England.

The Paris Saint-Germain has been instrumental to Les Bleus’ run to the quarter-finals, having scored five times.

According to reports, he missed training on Tuesday and was instead working in the recovery room to get himself in shape ahead of the crucial tie.

Didier Deschamps will hope that his star man will be fit and available to take on Gareth Southgate’s side, who are currently the tournament’s top scorers alongside Portugal.

Meanwhile, France striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that Mbappe is the best striker he has played with – and says he will get even better.

The AC Milan striker who is currently leading the attack of France in the World Cup recently broke Thierry Henry’s all-time goal-scoring record for France with his 52nd international goal in his side’s win against Poland on Sunday.

However, Giroud expects Mbappe to eventually better that record, considering his age and quality.

“Kylian is basically one of the best players I’ve played with,” Giroud said. “He is amazing and still young, which is scary as he can still improve.

“He is very efficient and from the beginning, he’s been crucial for us, very decisive. He’s obviously the best striker I’ve played with in all of the teams I’ve played in.

“We’ve not seen the best of him. I hope it’s going to come soon and he will beat all the records.”

France will face England on Saturday in a game Giroud believes will be a “special” game.

“For England, they have had a good tournament,” Giroud said. 

“I hope they will have a tough game on Saturday.

“I know this team very well. It’s a special game for us. They have so many young players in this generation, I think they have quality and quantity in the squad.

“They have different options and it will be a nice game to watch. I hope it’s going to go well for us.”