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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(...)

Kylian Mbappé: faster than Ronaldo? Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

The most common comparison that has been made these past few weeks has been with one Brazilian great, Ronaldo, but there have been messages from the g(...)

 Kylian Mbappé against  Belgium  at Saint Petersburg Stadium. His quick feet buy him and his teammates extra space inside congested penalty areas. Photograph: Getty Images

Solid foundations begin in defence France’s tactics in the 1-0 semi-final win against Belgium did not draw universal approval. “They have played ant(...)

Didier Deschamps lifts the  Jules Rimet trophy at the Stade de France in 1998. The former France  captain could become just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and manager.  Photograph: Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images

Almost 20 years to the day since France beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris to win their first and only World Cup, the man who captained a team that united a nat(...)

 Belgium’s Eden Hazard: “We can be proud of what we have achieved. As a captain, I am happy to be part of this team.” Photograph:  Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Thibaut Courtois has accused France of being an “anti-football team” following Belgium’s 1-0 World Cup semi-final loss to Les Bleus in Saint Petersbur(...)

Paul Pogba of France celebrates victory following their 2018 World Cup semi-final clash with Belgium in St Petersburg. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The day took way, way too long to amble towards 7pm. And when the teams finally took to the field the St Petersburg DJ missed a trick by not serenadin(...)

Kylian Mbappe celebrates France’s 1-0 win over Belgium. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty

When the final whistle came, the sheer joy of the celebrations came as a surprise. Kylian Mbappé was face down on the ground, Hugo Lloris racing up th(...)

Samuel Umtiti of France scores during their 2018 World Cup semi-final clash with Belgium in St Petersburg. Photo: Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

France 1 Belgium 0 Two decades after he captained one great French side to a world title on home soil, Didier Deschamps is on the brink of engineerin(...)

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