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World Cup 2022 briefing: the joy of Mbappé and Argentina’s escape plan

The France forward has lit up this World Cup – can clubmate Lionel Messi join him in the knockout stage?

Yes, yes, and you really need to check out a promising band called the Arctic Monkeys as well. It’s a statement of the offensively obvious that you should watch Kylian Mbappé play football. But it’s not about watching Mbappé per se, it’s about watching him now, when he looks in the form and the mood to do something career-defining, something we’ll still be talking about when we’re old. If Mbappé plays for France against Tunisia – and godspeed Didier Deschamps if he wants to have that conversation – then it’ll be worth renouncing the more important Group D game between Australia and Denmark.

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