Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
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The World reacts to France's win

The World reacts to France's win

They have had to deal with accusations of uninspired tactics but coach Deschamps has shrugged off the criticism and told his players to be calm, confidence and to concentrate. "It hurt so much to lose the European Championship two years ago, but it made us learn too".

In the final episode of JOE's World Cup Minipod, Dion Fanning, Paddy McKenna and Nooruddean Choudry discuss France, Pogba and the tournament of shithousery.

After a few dramatic turns and unexpected losses, a World Cup Champion has been declared.

But the Croatia coach said he did not want to detract from France's victory and congratulated his opponents for being World Cup winners.

France have a very good team on paper. "I learned a lot from that defeat", he said. "At this moment I'm not thinking about anything but getting safely home to Croatia".

There is no question that France were the finest ad strongest team at the tournament in Russian Federation that reached its climax with such a high-scoring final in Moscow.

Croatia's bid for World Cup final glory is against their conquerors in 1998

Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, was born months after France first won its only other World Cup title in 1998. France are always risky due to their speed.

Of those who started in the final only Hugo Lloris, Blaise Matuidi and Olivier Giroud are over 30.

Mario Mandzukic has written himself into history in disastrous fashion by becoming the first player to score an own goal in a World Cup final.

If he can get the better of the two centre-backs and hold the ball up, then with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe running off him, I don't think Croatia will be able to live with France.

It's official: Germany are no longer world champions. But, if Croatia concede early, it could be an exhibition of football from France.

In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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