Journalist rules out Man United selling 25-year-old France star

June 14 seems like a year ago, that's how absorbing the Russian Federation 2018 Fifa World Cup has been.

However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having also required extra time and penalties to come through ties against Denmark and hosts Russian Federation in the past two weeks.

Dalic was only appointed as Croatia coach towards the end of their qualifying campaign, leading them to Russian Federation via a play-off win against Greece. "For a small country like Croatia, with 4.2 million people, (the final) means much more than a soccer game".

So much action and so many surprises have been packed into the Fifa World Cup finals that it hardly seems only a month since hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia kicked off the tournament between 32 teams when they met in the opening game.

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

Writing in his Herald column, Giles outlined his hope that the 25-year-old has "seen the light" rather than just coming up with a "one-off display of professionalism". "The shape they have, the attacking players they have, they are pretty decent at the back and I think Pogba has been excellent for the last few games, so I fancy them. they are big favourites to win it".

Portugal were eliminated from this summer's tournament after losing 2-1 to Uruguay in the round of 16 on June 30.

57 - The number of seconds it took for Denmark's Mathias Jorgensen to open the scoring, setting a new record for the fastest goal scored in a World Cup encounter.

Croatia will face the French team, led by French manager, Didier Deschamps, who was the national team captain when France won the World Cup at home in 1998. "It's really not good, very bitter. we really want to finish well, with a smile".

Little did England's noisy supporters know that they were in for a harsh reality check. I don't want it to happen again.

- Who has the edge in the World Cup final?

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Then England also just couldn't play the perceived exhaustion in their favour. "It's always nice if we have some humor in the game".

Pogba has described himself during this tournament as the most criticised player in world football and those who do pull him down tend to look at the flashiness, the hair, the indiscipline, the self-centredness. I guess Croatia is my team for finals!

  • Julie Sanders