Domenech tips Mbappe for Les Blues

Former France national team head coach Raymond Domenech has tipped Monaco teenage forward Kylian Mbappe for a starring role for Les Blues in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Mbappe's mercurial talents have received widespread acclaim over the past 12 months, and his stoke rose further following his exploits in helping Les Monegasques dump Manchester City out of the Champions League last-16 round.

With a 6-6 aggregate score over the two legs, the Ligue 1 side progressed on the away goals rule.

Two crucial goals over the home and away ties, along with a menacing attacking display in torturing one of the most expensively assembled defences in Europe, has convinced Domenech that the 19-year-old is ready for the senior national team.

Comparisons with France legend Thierry Henry have already been made by the French media, as the teenager broke the former Arsenal striker's records at the Stade Louis II – for youngest ever debutant and scorer for Leonardo Jardim's side.

"He has talent, it is undeniable," he told the Ligue 1 website. "He is a young man who is yet to be called up and everyone says he has to be there, so he starts to believe it.

"It is the coach [Didier Deschamps] who decides," Domenech added when asked whether the youngster will be a part of the World Cup plans. "But if he says 'don't worry, I'll call you up later', he can no longer put the pressure on him to impress."

With 17 goals and 10 assists in 31 games, with a goal-scoring ratio of a goal every 93 minutes across all competitions, Mbappe is rated as the best young forward in Europe.

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