Kylian Mbappe was left angered by Olivier Giroud’s comments after France’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday night.
The Chelsea striker, who came off the bench to grab a brace, suggested that the PSG star was deliberately avoiding passing to him.
Mbappe though wanted to clear things up and respond to the comments before Didier Deschamps stepped in and rejected his request.
Giroud had said: “Sometimes you make the runs and the ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.”
Deschamps attempted to cool the situation by saying: “If you received the ball after each time you called for it, it is always the same.
“The attacker says: ‘I am making runs, but it’s on the midfield.’ The midfielders will say that it is on the attackers. Sometimes, the pass isn’t forthcoming, sometimes it is down the movement. But this is not a stigmatisation of Kylian or whoever.”
Mbappe even wanted to call a press conference according to L’Equipe to give his side of the story.
The France squad is full of superstars which is both a blessing and a curse.
Deschamps was able to lead the star-studded group to World Cup glory in Russia three years ago.
Now they are attempting to do the double by winning Euro 2020 but animosity between strikers is not ideal preparation ahead of the tournament opener.
France, who play Germany on Tuesday, have the likes of Giroud, Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and the newly recalled Karim Benzema in attack.
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The PSG star was criticised for his attitude on Tuesday by ex-France star Jean Micoud.
“It’s becoming embarrassing. And even when he came off,” he said.
“You have just played two warm-up matches, it has gone very well and when he came off the pitch it was as if the team had lost 4-0. At some point it is not all about you.”
Deschamps has been handed an injury concern after Benzema limped off in the win over Bulgaria.
France will have to line-up and play differently depending on whether the Real Madrid man or Giroud leads the attack.
Benzema’s injury is not thought to be a major issue however.
“He took a good hit on the muscle above the knee, and he felt that it was getting worse so we took no risk,” said Deschamps.
“That’s why he came off. It’s a knock, there’s always worse things in life.
“The medical staff are of a high level. We will do the right thing and not spend every day wondering how he is doing. It’s hard to digest but you have to deal with it. Today, it’s nothing dramatic.”