Monaco star Mbappe given maiden France call-up

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The 18-year-old has been in red-hot form for his club side and has caught the eye of Didier Deschamps in the process

Teenage Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has been rewarded for his prolific form with a maiden call-up to France's senior squad for the matches against Luxembourg and Spain this month.

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The 18-year-old opened the scoring as Monaco beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday, helping the Ligue 1 club progress to the Champions League quarter-finals via the away goals rule after a thrilling tie ended 6-6 on aggregate.

It was Mbappe's 11th goal in his past 11 appearances in all competitions and he comes into Didier Deschamps' squad having represented France and Under-17 and Under-19 level.

Mbappe's team-mate, 22-year-old left-back Benjamin Mendy, joins his colleague in being called up for the first time, as does fellow France Under-21 defender and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe.

Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso and Marseille's on-loan Newcastle United forward Florian Thauvin will also have the opportunity to press for international debuts after being rewarded by Deschamps for impressive club form.

France sit top of Group A in the European qualifiers for Russia 2018, with their position unlikely to come under threat when they travel to minnows Luxembourg in the forthcoming round of fixtures before hosting Spain in a friendly at the Stade de France on March 28.

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