N’Golo Kante may be one of France’s more reserved characters but he was thrust into the spotlight by his team-mates who sang a song dedicated to the Chelsea midfielder, before getting thousands of fans at the Stade de France to join in.
The song, sung to the tune of Joe Dassin’s 1969 hit ‘Les Champs Elysées’, translates into English to: ‘Ohh N’Golo Kante, ohh N’Golo Kante… He is short, he is nice, he’s the one who stopped
Paul Pogba (left) and N’Golo Kante were at the centre of the celebrations as France staged a homecoming party in Paris
French players serenaded Kante with a rendition of his own song after beating Holland 2-1 in the Nations League on Sunday
Hoards of fans joined in and sang: ‘He is short, he is nice, he’s the one who stopped Leo Messi, but we all know he’s a cheater’
The World Cup trophy was introduced to the thousands of jubilant French fans amid a smoky scene and a light show
Paul Pogba was one of the players orchestrating the crowd while they serenaded Kante, but the Manchester United ace put on a performance of his own as he brought out the ‘Milly Rock’ dance and the dab.
The celebration party started well before kickoff with video footage depicting fans celebrating across the country on July 15 when France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final.
The highlights of France’s campaign were then played on big screens, with every French goal igniting big roars in the stands.
The party continued after the match ended with a sound and light show consisting of the France players introduced one-by-one before a lap of honour with the World Cup trophy.
It would have been less of a party had Olivier Giroud not scored a 75th-minute winner to give France their first victory in the newly-formed UEFA Nations League.
Manchester United ace Pogba performed the ‘Milly Rock’ dance as he eyeballed the trophy he first lifted in Moscow on July 15
Pogba also dabbed as his team-mates stood and smiled while still dressed in their match kit but with coats over their jerseys
Antoine Griezmann (right) was at the post-game celebration but was upstaged by Pogba who stole the show with his energy
Kylian Mbappe, who scored the opening goal in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Holland in Saint-Denis, kissed the World Cup trophy
Giroud’s 32nd international goal — which saw him eclipse the tally of France legend Zinedine Zidane — secured all three points after Ryan Babel had cancelled out Kylian Mbappe’s first-half opener.
France coach Didier Deschamps said in his press conference: ‘The win was the most important thing in order to make this a beautiful party.
‘I’m very happy for Olivier Giroud. Strikers go through periods when they don’t score as many goals.
‘He’s useful to our play and he scored a lovely goal that gave us the win this evening.
‘We’re going to savour it. There was a formidable atmosphere this evening and it’s going to carry on for a bit.’
Griezmann then joined Mbappe and the strike duo kissed the trophy simultaneously while posing for the cameras in Paris
Olivier Giroud grasped the top of the World Cup and planted a kiss on it shortly after scoring his 32nd international goal
France boss Didier Deschamps waved to the crowd and later told a press conference: ‘There was a formidable atmosphere’