Kyle Walker Assesses His Chances Against Kylian Mbappe In World Cup. England fullback Kyle Walker will not underestimate his own abilities when facing France forward Kylian Mbappe in Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal encounter.
Mbappe has been a standout performer for France, scoring five goals in four games. He leads the Golden Boot race as well as Les Bleus’ pursuit for a second World Cup triumph in a succession.
“I do understand what I need to do and that is to stop him,” Walker said on the possibility of facing Mbappe at a press conference.
“It is easier said than done, but I don’t underestimate myself. I have played against some great players at Man City and England, I treat it as another game, I take extra care and give him the respect he deserves, but not too much respect.”
In his club and international careers, the 32-year-old has met Mbappe four times. They first met in a friendly match between France and England in 2017, with the French coming out on top 3-2. Their last three meetings in the Champions League were for Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively.
“Obviously it is always going to help because I’ve played against him a number of times now with Manchester City,” Walker added on Mbappe.
"It's not England vs Mbappe, it's England vs France…I'm not going to roll out a red carpet for him!" 👀🍿
Kyle Walker when asked (a lot) about his potential battle with Kylian Mbappe 💪pic.twitter.com/WoAyCsLrs7
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“He is a fantastic player in great form. It is not going to be an easy task, but as a professional footballer you want to play against the best and I think he is one of the best if not the best in the world at the moment.”
France is a small favourite coming into this World Cup quarterfinal match, according to Bet365. At the time of writing, betting on the French to win returns odds of 2.40, which indicates that they have a 42% probability of defeating England.