World Cup final and there are no excuses. Gareth Southgate was extremely reluctant to change things tactically despite Croatia's increasing dominance, which ultimately cost the Three Lions a place in the final. "That will not happen again".

Earlier this year one of the Croatian team's main sponsors, Zagrebačka Pivovara (Zagreb brewery) ran a promotion asking fans what they would give up if Croatia won the World Cup. But they are mentally very strong.


The most entertaining and unpredictable World Cup in recent memory will conclude on Sunday, in a contrast of storylines.

"For us, we are not the favourites".

"Our players and the (Serbian) federation could maybe ask the Croats to give us football lessons", someone else commented.

"It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation. We are chasing something and will do everything to succeed". After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup Final.


Jordan Pickford hopes to win the Golden Glove award given to the best goalkeeper and also wants to play.

Either way, Pogba has proven himself one of the leading stars of the 2018 tournament, with some of football's most prestigious names rushing forward to lavish praise on the gangly wizard's sophisticated and intelligent midfield displays.

From Real Madrid, Croatian duo Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic will be pitted against teammate Raphael Varane, with the central defender set to feature in the heart of the defence.

"But there are a lot of exciting youngsters coming through who might continue our expedition", the Paris St Germain player added. "The plan is to win the match".


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