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Kylian Mbappe has formally taken over free-kick duties from Antoine Griezmann for the France national team, according to reports, despite the fact he has never scored a single direct-free-kick in his professional career to date.
The 22-year-old forward, who has been involved in a public spat with international teammate Olivier Giroud in recent weeks, stepped up to take a free-kick during the country's European Championship clash against Hungary on Saturday afternoon.
And it appears those duties have become permanent, according to RMC.
The claims suggest Griezmann - who scored seven free-kick goals in 39 attempts during his spell at Atletico Madrid - will continue to take free-kicks that are 'intended as crosses' but the Paris Saint-Germain forward will step up when a goal-scoring opportunity arises.
It's a decision that has raised plenty of eyebrows amongst fans, especially considering Mbappe has yet to score a professional goal from a free-kick, while players like Lucas Digne - who is renowned for his delivery from set-pieces - continue to be overlooked.
Carl-Oscar Källström, a contributor for @psgtalk, was just one of many fans who questioned the decision.
"The fact that Mbappé is on free kicks for France says a lot about his status in the squad," he wrote on Twitter. "He is not a great long-range shooter and not a good free-kick taker. They have Griezmann, Pogba, Digne and Benzema in the team."
He wasn't the only one.
Mbappé has never scored a direct free-kick in his career so I don't know how this makes sense in middle of such an important tournament.
Then there are reports of how he behaved with Giroud. The lad might be talented but i'm not a fan. https://t.co/X49wLSohr4
- Shivanshhh (@shivanshfcbm) June 21, 2021
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