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France’s coach Didier Deschamps celebrates after the  World Cup final victory over Croatia at   the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

And fade to blue. On a stormy, slightly wild afternoon in Moscow France became world champions for the second time, providing a bookend to one victori(...)

The France team celebrating after lifting the World Cup in Moscow. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

It was the highest scoring World Cup final for more than 50 years, which just goes to show that goals aren’t everything. France won, of course, and th(...)

Croatia’s players walk on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of the World Cup final against France. Photograph:  Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

World Cup finalists France and Croatia both named unchanged sides as they prepared to do battle for the biggest prize in football at the Luzhniki Stad(...)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

Croatia’s star midfielder Luka Modric   finds himself carrying the hopes and expectations of a united nation on his shoulders. Photograph:  Getty Images

With charges of perjury still hanging over him in relation to a tax and bribery case against an official at his former club, there are those back at h(...)

Zlatko Dalic has steered Croatia to the World Cup final after taking over in chaotic circumstances. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Pyry Soiri is a name that will sound vaguely familiar to regular followers of the Croatia team but most others in the country - in particular those wh(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric and manager Zlatko Dalic celebrate after their 2018 World Cup semi-final win over England in Moscow. Photo: Mladen Antonov/Getty Images

England should have shown more humility, Luka Modric told ITV. Somewhere a few feet away Dejan Lovren was announcing himself as one of the world’s bes(...)

 Luka Modric will captain Croatia in the World Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Luka Modric issued a withering rebuke to English journalists and pundits who had “underestimated” Croatia after his team’s World Cup semi-final victor(...)

 Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring the winning goal in their World Cup semi-final against England having earlier been dragged off in agony. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. England’s plan was working perfectly until the 65th minute here in Moscow, when that fateful(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate hugs England skipper Harry Kane after the World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in Moscow. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Roberto Martinez put a braver face on it after Belgium’s defeat, claiming that a win this weekend would be still be important but Gareth Southgate adm(...)

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