England star Walker plots to contain Mbappe at World Cup
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Kylian Mbappe is living up to his reputation as the player most qualified to overtake Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as soccer's biggest stars with five goals so far at the World Cup.

When England plays the reigning winners in the quarterfinals on Saturday, keep Kyle Walker in mind as he prepares to mark the France striker.

The right-back for Manchester City said on Wednesday, "I do understand what I need to do and that's definitely to stop him.

Walker referred to Mbappe as "possibly" the best player in the world and acknowledged that attention is being paid to his behavior at Al Bayt Stadium in particular. However, he feels that there has been too much focus on a single person when France has a team of immensely talented individuals.

"The match is not Mbappe vs. England. England and France will play in the match, Walker added. "OK, he's a very effective weapon in their arsenal, but there are other excellent players, and we can't undervalue those who have captured significant championships and cups. We all agree that he is a fantastic player. Because of this, he is the subject of all inquiries; however, don't overlook (Olivier) Giroud, who amassed a large number of goals for France and in the Premier League.

"(Ousmane) Dembele is a very elusive player who, in my opinion, is just as good on the opposite wing. Then there is (Antoine) Griezmann and other things of the like. You may experience issues because of these players. He is a terrific player therefore we bow down to him. For me, he shouldn't be the subject of any questions."

After playing a key role in France's World Cup victory in Russia four years ago, Mbappe is looking to win his second World Cup. In that competition, he scored four goals, but in Qatar, he has already eclipsed that total with five.

In Russia, France won the championship, but Croatia eliminated England in the semifinals.

Walker thinks that after making it to the European Championship final last year, where it lost to Italy on penalties, the squad is more prepared to advance this time.

He claimed that this side of England is unafraid of France.

We salute them and say, "Well done. They are the best in the world. They are accorded the respect they merit. The previous World Cup was won by them, Walker stated. But I can guarantee that none of us will be laying out the red carpet for them to enter, thinking it's a theater where they can display their amazing talent.