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France Star Throws Dig At Kyle Walker Over Kylian Mbappe Claims

France Star Throws Dig At Kyle Walker Over Kylian Mbappe Claims
By Rory Cassidy Updated
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France midfielder Youssouf Fofana has laughed off claims by England's Kyle Walker that he can stop Kylian Mbappé from having a serious impact on Saturday's World Cup quarter final between the sides in Qatar.

Walker said on Wednesday that he won't be "rolling out the red carpet" for the Paris Saint-Germain who has scored five goals in four games in the tournament so far.

"[He's a] fantastic player in great form...one of the best, if not the best in the world at the minute," Walker said in a press conference.

"I understand what I need to do and that's to stop him.

"Probably easier said than done but I don't underestimate myself...I'm not going to roll out the red carpet for him and tell him to score."

The comments have raised eyebrows in the French camp but Fofana laughed off Walker's remarks.

The young Monaco midfielder believes that nobody has found a way of keeping the French number ten quiet so far, and also emphasised the trust Didier Deschamps men have in Mbappé.

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Fofana praises Kylian Mbappé

"It's to [Kyle Walker's] credit if he knows how to stop Kylian, in the meantime, there are 19 teams still waiting for the solution in Ligue 1," Fofana laughed.

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"And others in the Champions League!

"We all trust him," he added.

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Not only is Mbappé the top scorer in the World Cup so far but the 23-year-old also tops the scoring charts in the Champions League and Ligue 1.

Saturday's game between England and France has been described as "do or die" with Gareth Southgate expected to face the biggest test of his international management career so far.

England are bidding to make it to three successive major tournament semi-finals, while Les Bleus are bidding to retain the title they won in Russia four years ago.

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A mouth-watering contest lies ahead.

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