French star Pogba looks to be World Cup hero

WORLD OF FUN France’s Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are

WORLD OF FUN France’s Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are

This is France's World Cup. I don't want it to happen again.

When asked if the game will be a revenge mission for Croatia for their 1998 World Cup semi-final exit, Pogba said, "Croatia do not have stars on their shirts- they want one".

Although party poppers Belgium and Croatia upset the applecart by reaching the semi finals, I can't see Zlatko Dalic's courageous warriors upstaging Didier Deschamps' gendarmes. Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals. Having triumphed in those matches, the team has great self-belief and a sense of destiny in this tournament, which could help counteract the fact they'll be facing a younger, fresher France team which has played essentially 90 minutes less than the Croatians. The Red Devils boast a formidable squad however their opponents are also in the running to end their World Cup experience on a positive note.

"On behalf of the whole LFC family we wish you from the bottom of our hearts all the best", Klopp told CNN Sport. But they are mentally very strong.

Both sides meet in a match certain to define their tournament, with France looking for their second title win and Croatia, first tournament win.

STAR MAN Antoine Griezmann takes a seat during training ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final clash with Croatia
STAR MAN Antoine Griezmann takes a seat during training ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final clash with Croatia

After a double substitution from Didier Deschamps, Paul Pogba grabbed a victor with 10 minutes left with a heavily deflected shot.

Sunday's World Cup matchup between France and Croatia will come down to midfield play, former United States men's team captain Landon Donovan said. "I think he had a very good game", he said on Russian TV.

Pogba has played well at the World Cup, being a key part of France's run to the final and even attracting praise from long-term detractors such as Graeme Souness.

"I don't have a star. They have (Mario) Mandzukic, (Ivan) Rakitic and (Ivan) Perisic", Pogba said.

But Dalic now has the chance to become the first Balkan boss to win the World Cup when Croatia take to the field in the final for the first time in their history - the 13th nation to appear in the final.

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