Mbappe sets post-war record with France double

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Paris Saint-Germain's teenage frontman was among the goals again during a friendly date with Russia, with a deadly double seeing him make history

Kylian Mbappe has set a post-war record for France by bagging a brace in a friendly date with Russia.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward remains a relative newcomer on the international stage having only made his senior debut in March 2017.

His first goal for his country arrived in August of that year during a World Cup qualifying clash with the Netherlands.

Mbappe is now up to 12 caps for Les Bleus, and his latest outing has proved to be his most productive.

A trip to World Cup hosts Russia promised to offer France a stern examination of their credentials ahead of a bid for global glory this summer.

They were, however, to find inspiration from their 19-year-old striker.

Mbappe latched onto a precision pass from Paul Pogba to open the scoring in St Petersburg, with the deadlock broken five minutes before half-time.

He then grabbed his second of the game, and France’s third, in the 83rd minute as he cleverly created space inside the box and fired through the legs of Andrey Lunyov.

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France have seen plenty of exciting talents emerge through the years, but few have generated quite so much excitement.

Mbappe is already being billed as a potential Ballon d’Or winner of the future, with the youngster having enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence.

He will be hoping to add another Ligue 1 title to his collection this season, having swapped reigning champions Monaco for PSG, while Les Bleus will head to Russia this summer among the favourites to claim a second World Cup triumph.

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