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Why France Are Expected To Be Crowned FIFA World Cup Champs

Why France Are Expected To Be Crowned FIFA World Cup Champs

Germany were knocked out in the group stage and similar to South Korea in 2002, hosts Russian Federation exceeded everyone's expectations and reached the quarter-final.

"He has grown in the team, he's an expressive player and his performance only increases his importance to the side", Deschamps said.

"We are a very tight-knitted community and soccer brings people together", he said.

The FIFA 2018 World Cup Finals comes to an end on Sunday when two giant European nations will meet face to face in a do or die fight for the world's most coveted trophy.

France striker Kylian Mbappe and Croatia captain Luka Modric. They defeated Argentina 3-0 in the group stage and England in the semi-final.

Neither was among the top favourites to contest the final, although France, the 1998 victor, was ranked highly.

Despite Pogba's fine showing for France throughout the World Cup, Souness made a decision to dismiss the midfielder's "game management" prior to today's World Cup final against Croatia. I can not lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final. Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals.

Portugal's Eder shoots in the Euro 2016 final
Portugal's Eder scored the only goal of the Euro 2016 final to beat France at the Stade de France Credit Mike Hewitt Getty Images

Russian Federation definitely exceeded the expectations when they reached the quarter-final of the World Cup. "The guy's got the world at his fingertips". They qualified only because they were the hosts. They are stronger in terms of mentality, strength.

However, football's world governing body FIFA said the Wild Boars, who are recovering in hospital, remained too weak to take up an earlier invitation to Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow.

Deschamps, schooled as a player under Marcello Lippi at Juventus, has come in for some criticism for the way he has made France durable but boring.

Sweden meanwhile beat Switzerland and again although the result wasn't a shock, they qualified for their first quarterfinal since 1994.

Although they lost to England, they surprised everyone by reaching the quarter-final without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Griezmann had predicted that facing a team marshalled by his Atletico Madrid teammates Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez would be a boring affair, and it took a Raphael Varane header from one of the forward's free-kicks to open it up. In Group H along with Colombia, Senegal, and Poland, many didn't fancy the Asian side to advance to the next round.

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England's captain has been his country's saviour at the World Cup , and now leads the tournament's goal-scoring charts with six goals in four games.

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