Monaco rising star Kylian Mbappe receives first France call-up
PARIS (AP) — Teenage forward Kylian Mbappe has been rewarded for his scintillating club performances with Monaco with his first call up to France's national team.
The 18-year-old Mbappe, whose speed and skills have led to comparisons with France great Thierry Henry, was included Thursday in coach Didier Deschamp's squad for a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and a friendly against Spain.
Deschamps called up three other newcomers in his list of 24 players: Mbappe's Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy, Marseille winger Florian Thauvin and highly-rated Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso.
Mbappe made it 11 goals in 11 games when he scored the first goal in a 3-1 win on Wednesday night as Monaco knocked out Manchester City on the away goals rule to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. He had scored in the first leg and so far this season has netted 17 goals.
France travels to Luxembourg on March 25 in World Cup qualifying Group A, which the French lead by three points. France hosts Spain at the Stade de France three days later.
Here is the France squad in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
DEFENDERS: Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Monaco), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).
MIDFIELDERS: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon).
FORWARDS: Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Gameiro (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Monaco), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Florian Thauvin (Marseille).