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The Moment N'Golo Kante Thought He Was Playing Rugby In Carabao Cup Final

Josh Lawless

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The Moment N'Golo Kante Thought He Was Playing Rugby In Carabao Cup Final

N'Golo Kante forgot what sport he was playing during the Carabao Cup final when he tried to rugby tackle Andy Robertson.

The showpiece at Wembley was a exciting and eventful affair played at the same pace as the league meeting between the two at Stamford Bridge in January.

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There was plenty of incidents in the clash but none were more hilarious than Kante's unusual and completely illegal challenge on Robertson just before half-time.

The World Cup winner stopped the Scotland captain in his tracks on the byline, sticking his head in where it hurts.

Incredibly, referee Stuart Attwell did not even give a free-kick despite Robertson's appeals to the man in the middle.

Kante played rugby, as well as a slew of different sports, as a youngster back in France growing up and was spotted by a rugby scout.

"When I began school we started swimming, rugby, football, athletics and basketball," the former Leicester City midfielder told the Sunday Times.

"After basketball one day a teacher said, ‘You have good mentality. You lose but kept playing for your teammates.’ Another day we did cross-country and I finished third.

"We did rugby, I tried to tackle the man and my teacher said, 'When you were at the tournament the scout from the club said you have good spirit, good condition, maybe you can play rugby'. 

"In the end the teacher said to my family, 'Maybe it would be good for N'Golo to do some sport' and my choice was to play football".

Image: PA
Image: PA

You sense that Kante, standing at 5 ft 6, could have been very handy in rugby with his incredible speed and fitness levels.

But thankfully he picked football and has gone on to become of the most well-liked players in the Premier League thanks to his shy and humble personality.

Featured Image Credit: Image: Sky Sports

Topics: Chelsea, Liverpool, Carabao Cup

Josh Lawless
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