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N'Golo Kante was 'too shy' to ask for World Cup trophy – so Steven N'Zonzi stepped in


N’Golo Kante’s remarkable rise continued with a World Cup winners’ medal on Sunday.

Back in 2015, the Frenchman was plying his trade with Caen before completing a £5.6m move to Leicester.

In the three years that have followed, he has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and now the World Cup after France’s 4-2 win over Croatia.

Kante has enjoyed an excellent tournament in Russia and is now regarded by many as the finest holding midfielder in the world – but there is no sign of him getting carried away.

As France’s players rightfully celebrated in the rain at the Luzhniki Stadium, a shy Kante once again took a back seat.

N’Golo Kante is replaced by Steven N’Zonzi

N’Golo Kante celebrates with Didier Deschamps

N’Golo Kante with the World Cup trophy

That was until teammate Steven N’Zonzi, who had replaced Kante during the match, decided to intervene.

After Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin had completed his photo shoot, N’Zonzi took the World Cup trophy and handed it over to the Chelsea midfielder, who was waiting patiently in the queue.

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Kante posed for some snaps of his own as he finally took centre stage.

Plenty of fans picked up on N’Zonzi’s gesture and Kante’s humility as he remains one of the most-liked footballers in the game.



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