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England vs France: Kylian Mbappe brutally blanked by Kyle Walker in tunnel

France attacker Kylian Mbappe appeared to be brutally pied by England right-back Kyle Walker in the tunnel prior to Saturday night’s World Cup quarter-final.

After scoring five goals in the tournament, Mbappe was very much pinpointed as the dangerman for the France national team and he dominated much of the pre-match conversation.

In fact, Walker was asked about him at length and said he would not “roll out the red carpet”, even adding that he found Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane to be a tougher opponent.

And although they were involved in one of the most fascinating battles, footage has now emerged of the teams lining up in the tunnel before the huge game.

Mbappe offered his hand out to Walker but it seems as though the Manchester City star did not notice him.

After extending his handshake for a fair amount of time, he took his hand away and laughed awkwardly.

Some fans had first thought Jordan Henderson was the one who left Paris Saint-Germain’s Mbappe hanging – joking he had scuppered any chance of him signing for Liverpool in the future.

But BBC Sport later confirmed it was indeed Walker giving Mbappe the cold shoulder.

The Man City defender, who was faced Mbappe at club level, did well to keep him relatively quiet and he didn’t have much sight of goal at the Al Bayt Stadium, But England lost the war as France triumphed 2-1 on the night

Mbappe and France are now set to face Morocco in the last four as they look to win back-to-back World Cups. If they manage to get past the African team, either Argentina or Croatia await in the final.

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