In winning the Kylian Mbappe battle, England lost the war

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Throw everything you have at nullifying a single player, and the chances are that you allow the threats to multiply elsewhere. So it proved for England, who, for all their success in prosecuting “Operation: Stop Kylian Mbappe”, neglected to shut down Olivier Giroud. On the one hand, they could be proud at extinguishing the threat of the world’s fastest and most dangerous player, more effectively than anyone else had managed. But on the other, they were consumed with regret at allowing Giroud, th

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