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Les Bleus are favourites to lift the trophy after impressive knockout wins against Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium and Giroud says France will not let another opportunity for worldwide silverware pass them by. There's much more at play than just the World Cup final.

"We talked about the youngster coming to the final and he has left his mark now", former England defener Martin Keown said while commentating on Match of the Day. Some are champions at the age of 19.

"'Sometimes in football you lose, that's football, but we were dignified in our victories and we must be dignified in defeat, we have to respect the scoreline, ' that was the message to my players".

"We also scored four goals".

According to the soccer fanatics, Croatia's resilience and hard work throughout the tournament is the reason why they are rallying behind the team to win.

As the players lined up to collect their gold and silver medals, Vladimir Putin stood alongside French president Emmanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who were greeting their own players. We have a lot of respect for them. It is the supreme coronation.

"They have displayed their physical and mental strengths and tomorrow we will need a great French team to win".

Match referee Nestor Pitana used the VAR system for the first time in a World Cup final. But the quality was there. "I am probably often in the right place at the right time, I can't complain".

"To be honest we are in our little bubble and we don't know what is happening in France", Lloris told reporters on Saturday.

"The question is, is France a attractive champion? That's what needs to be remembered". But I will say three important things: "stay calm, have confidence and concentrate".

Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was both happy and sad for his club teammates. But actually, throughout the tournament France have played some very good football.

How poignant then that the first boom should come just as Antoine Griezmann waited to take his penalty - preparing to make sure that it didn't personally strike twice in a major final. We can not wait to lift the cup and bring it back to France'.

  • Julie Sanders