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Mbappe: Why I Wanted To Retire From France

French superstar Kylian Mbappe has explained why he wanted to retire from international football last year.

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In a recent interview, the president of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graet, revealed that the 23-year-old thought about ending his international career after the 2020 UEFA European Championship, which was held in 2021. 

The 80-year-old seemed to suggest the Paris Saint-Germain forward was unhappy about the lack of support he received following his missed penalty that saw France lose to Switzerland at the round of 16 stage.

"I met with him after the Euros, he felt the federation had not defended him after his missed penalty and the criticism on the networks," he said, according to The Athletic.

"We met for five minutes in my office. He was angry, he didn't want to play for the French team any more – which he obviously didn't mean.

"You know how it is, he's a winner, he was very frustrated, like all of us, by the elimination. He's so media-friendly. He's a great guy, much more collective than people think."

Mbappe, however, explained the stance he held on Twitter on Sunday by insisting that his feelings were, in fact, based on racist abuse he had received.

"Yes, finally I explained to him (Le Graet) above all that it was in relation to racism, and NOT to the penalty," he wrote.

"But he considered that there had been no racism."

Le Graet has previously claimed racism in football does not exist, saying in 2020 that "this phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely exists".

Click through the gallery below to see Mbappe's reaction to missing the crucial penalty at the Euros last year: 


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