Defending champions France take on traditional rivals England in the last and the only all-European quarter-final clash of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The French will hope that Kylian Mbappe keeps scoring as he has the entire event while the Three Lions would bank on a more balanced side headed by Harry Kane to get the things done for them. 

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Morocco awaits the winner of the clash in the semi-final that will be played on Wednesday.

Who is Kylian Mbappe?

Kylian Mbappe is a French professional footballer who also stars for the club Paris Saint-Germain. He was born on 20 December 1998 in Paris, France. Born to football coach Wilfried Mbappe and handball professional Fayza Lamari, sport is ingrained in Mbappe’s blood.

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He started his career playing for AS Bondy where his father was one of the coaches. After a splendid pre-teen career with ample opportunity for teams across the globe to recognise him, Mbappe, aged 16 joined AS Monaco FC based in France in 2015. In 2017 Mbappe joined Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for an exorbitant sum of 185 million Euros, that made it the biggest contract earned by a teenager.

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Unlike most modern great forwards like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Mbappe’s flight to limelight was with the French national jersey. Playing in the 2018 World Cup, he scored a goal against Peru and became the youngest goal scorer for France in World Cups. He was the find of the tournament, smashing 4 goals that included a goal in the finals which made him the youngest teenager since the great Pele to score a goal in the World Cup finals.

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Mbappe was the tied second-highest goal-scorer of the event behind England’s Harry Kane and his efforts earned him the FIFA World Cup best young player award in the Russia World Cup. Since then an established world-class player, Mbappe has been an invaluable asset for PSG and has won four Ligue-1 titles with the side, the most recent being in 2021. 

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After being included in France’s 25-man squad for the Qatar World Cup on November 9, Mbappe has lived up to the expectations as a World Cup giant, scoring 5 goals in the event after the round of 16. That took his overall goal tally in World Cups to nine that eclipsed Diego Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s records of eight World Cup goals.