sport news Mbappe is the poster boy, but it's Kante who steals French hearts

Kylian Mbappe is the poster boy, but it's N'Golo Kante who steals French hearts and who shackled Lionel Messi

By Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:44 BST, 1 July 2018 | Updated: 23:37 BST, 1 July 2018

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N'Golo Kante scuttled out of the stadium with a turn of pace which he does not generally seem to find necessary on the field.

He was being pursued by interviewers, wanting to ask him about how he had just locked Lionel Messi out of a World Cup knockout match but his usual diffidence was in evidence.

He is not one for analytical post-match conversations.

N'Golo Kante was key for France as they knocked Argentina out of the World Cup on Saturday

N'Golo Kante was key for France as they knocked Argentina out of the World Cup on Saturday

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace as Didier Deschamps' side triumphed 4-3 in their last-16 clash

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace as Didier Deschamps' side triumphed 4-3 in their last-16 clash

Kante had certainly expressed himself on the pitch. Though Kylian Mbappe claimed the spotlight on Saturday, Kante did the equally important job of shackling Messi.

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