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Twitter loved what happened to N'Golo Kante ahead of France vs Bulgaria

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Chelsea fans have had one worried eye on France's recent World Cup qualifiers.

Making the World Cup hasn't been a straightforward process for Didier Deschamps' men, though it's not Les Bleus' results that will concern Antonio Conte.

N'Golo Kante went off injured just 34 minutes into their 1-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday night and will play no part in Tuesday's game against Belarus.

There are just six days until Chelsea head to Crystal Palace - admittedly not the most arduous of fixtures at the moment - and it's unclear whether their midfield talisman will be fit.

While that could present an opportunity for Danny Drinkwater, who still hasn't featured for his new club since his summer move from Leicester, it's far from ideal for Conte.

The majority of Premier League managers seem to see international football as nothing more than an irritant, and this is exactly why.

Kante was involved in one brilliant moment before kick-off, however, and it got Twitter talking nearly as much as his injury.

How unfortunate 

As the two sides lined up for the anthems, the 26-year-old found himself paired with a mascot who was very nearly as tall as him.

Not many kids can say they've walked out with a two-time Premier League winner, let alone towered over them.

It goes without saying that his size is pretty irrelevant when it comes to his skill set on the pitch. It's his ability to intercept and keep the ball that makes him so coveted.

Compatriot Claude Makelele - whose role Kante has absolutely mastered since moving to England from Caen in 2015 - has been speaking about Kante at ASPIRE4SPORT Congress & Exhibition and he had nothing but praise for him.

“He plays for his team-mates," Makelele explained, per the Evening Standard. 

"He’s not selfish. Every manager in the world wants a player like that in his team.

“He produces the quality with his plays and his runs but that’s not all, he does the defensive work too. He has got everything a complete midfielder has. He is the perfect fit for the system Conte has put on the pitch.”

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