Why Croatia can win the World Cup Final against France

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The French beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final setting up an encounter in Paris against then-underdogs Portugal, who stunned them 1-0 in extra time to win the continental title.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Ferdinand said: "Yes, I think (Kylian) Mbappe was great".

"We prepared to get to the final and we want to play it".

The terrifying ordeal that the trapped young Thai footballers went through before their dramatic rescue has put the World Cup in perspective for a couple of the sport's stars. I can not lie that when we beat Germany we thought that was the final.

The 25-year-old has been in good form for Les Bleus at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, especially in the three knockout fixtures they have played so far, against Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.

"But I've said all along we're not ideal, we're not the finished article".

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

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Should France overcome Croatia in Moscow on Sunday, the Academy graduate will join Bobby Charlton, John Connelly and Nobby Stiles - who were part of England's 1966 triumph - in the history books.

They will meet a French team which eased past Belgium 1-0 in their semi-finals, and which boasts a population difference of around 62 million people more than Croatia. "During half-time, I told the players "calmly pass the ball, do not lose your heads".

"We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament". We are not thinking about being favourites.

Despite this, Pogba has continued to shine for his homeland, playing with more freedom and influencing matches reminiscent of his Juventus days, which has led to praise from compatriot and manager Deschamps. We did not underestimate them.

"We are going to play England in the League of Nations (in October) and we don´t have a proper stadium to play that game".

"The ability of the team and the style of play we've evolved enormously in a short period of time". I'd like to send out shirts to them!

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