Kylian Mbappe appearance mocked by team-mate as France interview takes unexpected turn

Kylian Mbappe will shoulder France’s hopes at Euro 2024. (Image: Getty)

France star Marcus Thuram has labelled team-mate Kylian Mbappe a ‘ninja turtle’ ahead of their Euro 2024 Group D opener.

Mbappe will captain France at this summer’s tournament, with Les Bleus targeting their first European Championship triumph in 24 years.

But in the build-up to their opening match against Austria on Monday, the recent Real Madrid signing was compared to a cartoon character by team-mate Thuram.

Having been mistaken for Mbappe during a press conference, Thuram replied by saying: “I’m more handsome than Kylian. I don’t look like a ninja turtle.”

It’s unlikely to disrupt Mbappe’s preparations as the forward is locked in on France’s European Championship campaign.

There’s also an added pressure on the 25-year-old’s shoulders this time around, given Mbappe was handed the captain’s armband following Hugo Lloris’ retirement from international football.

Addressing that responsibility, Mbappe appears to have taken it in his stride, with the 2018 World Cup winner keen to add the Euros to his growing list of achievements with the French national team.

Kylian Mbappe will wear the captain’s armband at Euro 2024. (Image: Getty)

Speaking to CNN, he said: “It’s going to be an amazing experience, for sure … I really want to win this. It’s my first competition as captain, so it’s really important for me, and it’s always important for the country, and we want them to be proud of us.”

France’s last international tournament ended in heartbreak, with Didier Deschamps’ side losing the World Cup final on penalties against Argentina.

But Mbappe is adamant the French squad have put that disappointment behind them.

He added: “I think we have to move forward. Of course, we were hurt that we were close to [being] back-to-back [World Cup champions], something amazing, something historic.

“Everybody loved the game, except us, we didn’t love that, but it’s part of the game. Now, when I watch the video of the game, I watch with a smile because it’s part of the history, and we know what we have to do if we’re in the final again.”

France have been paired in one of the toughest groups at the competition, with the two-time winners joined in Group C by Austria, Poland and the Netherlands.

But Mbappe and co. will fancy their chances of extending their campaign right through until next month’s final in Berlin, as they chase yet another international accolade.