‘Underperforming’ Mbappe selected by France

Kylian Mbappe cannot be satisfied with his recent performances, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday as he named his squad for a Euro qualifier against the Netherlands and a friendly with Scotland.

Mbappe has struggled this season despite scoring seven goals in Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain.

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PSG were crushed 4-1 at Newcastle United in the Champions League on Wednesday and Mbappe had little influence in the match at St James’ Park.

“He’s not at his best, just like his club’s results. Obviously, with all he’s capable of doing and his influence, that has a big impact on his team,” Deschamps told a press conference.

“This isn’t the first time, nor the last, that he’s had periods when he’s underperformed. Perhaps he didn’t have a typical summer preparation.”

Deschamps believes Mbappe will bounce back.

“But I’m not worried about him and his competitive spirit. I know him well. He must not be satisfied at the moment. Even when he does well, he wants to do better,” Deschamps said, adding he thinks the France star will bounce back.

France travel to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands on Oct. 13 and host Scotland in Lille on Oct. 17. They are top of Group B with a maximum 15 points.

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