France captain Hugo Lloris plays down Kylian Mbappe’s row with Olivier Giroud ahead of Euro 2020 opener

France and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has addressed the row (Picture: Getty)

Hugo Lloris has played down Kylian Mbappe’s row with Olivier Giroud ahead of France’s opening Euro 2020 match against Germany.

Chelsea striker Giroud criticised the service he received during France’s friendly victory over Bulgaria last week, despite scoring two goals to move to within five of Thierry Henry’s all-time scoring record for Les Bleus.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe was unhappy that the matter was not kept private and there has reportedly been tension between the two players in training.

But France captain Lloris insists there are no rifts in the camp as they prepare to kick-start their Euros campaign against three-time winners Germany on Tuesday evening.

‘Mbappe and Giroud they had maybe a short discussion but that’s normal – it’s nothing unusual,’ said the 34-year-old.

‘There are different opinions in the locker room, this can happen. It didn’t harm the team at all. We’ve a great team spirit. I think we dealt with it very well.

‘Kylian had to say something, but this is something he said in the past. We are focused now on our first match in this competition.’

Lloris has played down the spat between Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud (Pictures: Getty)

France are one of the favourites for the Euros following their World Cup win in 2018 and manager Didier Deschamps believes the two best teams in the competition will meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

‘We didn’t start too well in that tournament in 2018 but it doesn’t matter at the end if you see what came out,’ said Deschamps.

‘The first match is important but it is not decisive. We’re the best two teams in Europe, so it’s all about being clinical in attack and focused defending.’

Germany boss Joachim Low, meanwhile, is preparing for his final tournament in charge of the national team, having won the 2014 World Cup.

‘There is huge anticipation,’ said Low, who is set to be replaced by former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick.

‘We are looking forward to the start for us against the reigning world champion, this is something special.

‘In the team there is a lot of eagerness and ambition, this is what you can feel. All players are hungry, are greedy, they want to be successful and this makes me feel confident and sleep well at night.’

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