Paris Saint-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappé can hardly wait to fulfill a childhood dream and play for his country at the FIFA World Cup.
Mbappé is set to wrap up a wildly successful domestic season with PSG at SM Caen on Saturday, and will then have a handful of days off before meeting up with the rest of the France squad at their training centre at Clairefontaine on Wednesday.
It is then that preparations for the tournament will begin in earnest, and the 19-year-old cannot wait to get started.
"I have always dreamed of playing at a World Cup," explained the PSG forward, who — along with teammates Presnel Kimpembe and Alphonse Areola — was named in Didier Deschamps' 23-man squad for the finals.
"Like every kid that will watch this World Cup, I used to watch them and tell myself: 'I magine if I was that player on the pitch.' Now it's become a reality and I will work hard to play as well as possible to help my team.
"My objective? To go as far as possible because at the World Cup, it's the team that comes first. The World Cup is a trophy that you win as a team, as a country, it's not Kylian that will win the World Cup."