After getting called up to France’s senior squad for the first time, Kylian Mbappe appeared to have been a popular figure at training on Monday.
Many French fans were eager to meet the Monaco wonderkid at the Clairefontaine national training base following his meteoric rise to prominence this season.
The 18-year-old striker, who has impressed hugely for Ligue 1 leaders Monaco and has been dubbed the new Thierry Henry, was pictured in a relaxed mood as he met his fans and signed plenty of autographs at training.
Despite being involved in his country’s senior set-up for the first time, Mbappe also seemed in good spirits as he was put through his paces ahead of France’s upcoming matches against Luxembourg and Spain.
Speaking in the wake of the starlet’s selection, France boss Didier Deschamps said: ‘Kylian has made the squad because he has shown over the past few months that he has the quality. Quality has no age.
‘Everyone will ask if this is the right moment, but I am looking forward to seeing him with the group, he has a very specific skillset.
‘Other youngsters have walked this path before him and I think this is the right moment for him.
‘What makes him such a strong player, apart from his ability, is the way he always remains calm. That is very rare for someone his age.’
Other French stars snapped during training, included Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny, former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
The spirits in the French camp appeared to be very high on Monday and there is no surprise why ahead of their World Cup qualifier away against Luxembourg on Saturday night.
France will be extremely confident of victory against Luxembourg following their strong start to the qualifying campaign.
They currently sit first in the group while their opponents are rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from their opening four matches.
Following the weekend’s match, Deschamps’ side face Spain in a mouth-watering friendly on Tuesday, March 28 at the Stade de France.
Originally published at Mail Online