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Starting XI: France v Croatia

2018 World Cup Final Starting XI: France v Croatia 14 July 2018

By SL International - Jul 15, 2018 03:27 PM

2018 World Cup Final 

Teams: France v Croatia

Date: 14 July 2018

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Click through the gallery to see France's line-up!

France and Croatia will do battle for the ultimate prize in world football when they go head-to-head in the 2018 World Cup final this afternoon.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 17h00.

France enter the final as favourites after dispatching the likes of Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the previous rounds.

Les Blues will undoubtedly be looking to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to get the goals, with both players registering three goals each.

Didier Deschamps could become only the third man in the history of the World Cup - after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer - to lift the trophy as a player and coach.

Deschamps was the captain when France secured their only World Cup title in 1998.

Zlatko Dalic’s charges, meanwhile, have been severely tested in the knockout rounds, needing extra-time or penalties in all their knockout matches en route to the final.

The Croats needed penalties to get over Denmark and Russia in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, while they dispatched England 2-1 in extra-time in the semi-finals.

These two sides clashed in the semi-finals of that 1998 World Cup, where a ten-man Les Blues side claimed a 2-1 win.

Here's how they line up:

France: Lloris - Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez - Pogba, Kanté - Mbappé, Griezmann, Matuidi - Giroud.

Croatia: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Modric, Brozovic, Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebic. 

Who do you think will come out on top this evening? Have your say in the comment section below.


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kdowns Jul 15, 2018 06:28 PM
Mbappe Segolela is super fast.
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kdowns Jul 15, 2018 06:27 PM
France is too strong for Croatia
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kdowns Jul 15, 2018 06:27 PM
France is too strong for Croatia
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"kaygee" Jul 15, 2018 06:22 PM
France(Africa11)is representing us well there
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 06:11 PM
Eish this Mbappe almost killed me
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 06:08 PM
Good start Croatia
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Manelo.Khosination Jul 15, 2018 05:53 PM
this VAR only favours certain teams
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Hlasela_Khosi Jul 15, 2018 05:52 PM
Dankie my French Polony. Waitsi make sure that u dnt concede again.
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:52 PM
@wash & wear don't worry my legend, your R4000 is loading. Croatia will beat this team and their referees
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ianwalepiratees Jul 15, 2018 05:51 PM
France is winning with the var kaaaaaak thing and the referee.
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:50 PM
This Croatia is like my own Kaizer Chiefs. Referees don't like it.
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wash & wear Jul 15, 2018 05:47 PM
come on croatia, you can beat france with their VAR,lines men,ref
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wash & wear Jul 15, 2018 05:46 PM
VAR is kaaaaak
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:42 PM
Pogba hasn't touched the ball yet.
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:42 PM
Quiet first half for Modric
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Bridgertte Layun. Jul 15, 2018 05:41 PM
we'll see how Croatia gonna respond
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:40 PM
Sorry Rebic
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Bridgertte Layun. Jul 15, 2018 05:37 PM
Penalty, dankie VAR,,,lol
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:36 PM
Hayi footsekk maan
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Boris Becker Jul 15, 2018 05:35 PM
There we go again VAR!!! Sies maan

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