France v Croatia, FIFA World Cup final

Buyan a male Siberian brown bear chooses Croatia while attempting to predict the result of the FIFA World Cup final match between France and Croatia

2018 World Cup final predictions: will it be France or Croatia who lift the trophy?

We'll be counting down to kick-off ( 4pm United Kingdom / 6pm local time / 1am Australia) on this liveblog, bringing you all the choice cuts from The Guardian's World Cup coverage and keeping you abreast of any breaking news. Kante is about more than simply snuffing out danger in front of the France backline, he can move well with the ball, is key to the side's counterattacks and can score from distance.

Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; N'Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi; Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappé.

Les Bleus laboured through their group, beating Australia and Peru by the odd goal and drawing with Denmark in the only goalless game of the tournament. Despite boasting of a very strong squad, the Croats weren't seen as genuine contenders for the title, not even when they picked Argentina apart in the group stage.

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Perhaps it is because they have dominated possession in every game bar the one against Argentina, where they kept 42% possession but still won 3-0, completely shutting out the supply line to Lionel Messi.

"But we will be winning tomorrow".

Zdrilic, himself of Croatian heritage, said it's hard to describe just how much Croatia's final debut means to the country.

"So for a small country like Croatia to be in the finals, it's something very big in history".

Against Denmark and Russian Federation, they prevailed via penalty shootouts, while in the semi-final against England, they started poorly conceding the first goal within five minutes before winning in extra-time.

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In particular, Perisic seemed to have hit top form in Croatia's stirring semi-final triumph over England, where he was a primary catalyst for the comeback win.

"I have this feeling there will be hundreds of millions rooting for us on Sunday", said Ivan Rakitic. We have young players. "If not, I have great players on the bench who will be raring to go".

Soccer fans across Canada will be glued to their screens this morning as Croatia takes on France in the World Cup final in Moscow. The French defeated Croatia in the semifinals that year, which until now had been the country's best showing at the tournament.

Kane, 24, ended the tournament with six goals but failed to score when England lost 2-0 to Belgium in the third-place play-off and drew a blank when they were knocked out by Croatia.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter as France & Croatia battle it out for the World Cup.

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