Harry Kane set for Golden Boot after World Cup final in Moscow

Harry Kane set for Golden Boot after World Cup final in Moscow

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Modric and Rakitic have also been protecting central defenders Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida, who stand in front of experienced AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Didier Deschamps could become only the third man in the history of the World Cup - after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer - to lift the trophy as a player and coach.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud will lead the line for France.

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.

Then they hit form, sweeping aside Argentina in a match which announced to the world that Mbappe is set to be an worldwide superstar as he scored twice and outshone Lionel Messi. "The plan is to win the match". How we play to win the game I do not care! They deserve to be in the final just as much as us. But Abhishek Bachchan and Arjun Kapoor did not reveal on their post, who they supporting in the finals.

Ivan Perisic, who scored and set up Mario Mandzukic's victor in a 2-1 semifinal win over England, was among five Croatian players to miss training on Friday.

The second model evaluates the quality of the players on both teams.

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They are solid. "I don't think that tiredness will play a part as you overcome it when you play in a final". It's a dream for everybody but you have to realise a dream.

Both teams have played one game at the Luzhniki Stadium so far. They know what is at stake, but if they are unable to give their all they will tell us.

Ivan Perisic, who scored and set up Mandzukic´s victor against England, was among five Croatian players to miss training on Friday.

"I have this feeling there will be hundreds of millions rooting for us on Sunday", said Ivan Rakitic.

"Croatia's players have gained experience with their clubs, and they have been playing together for a while. If not, I have great players on the bench who will be raring to go".

However, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident of his team's work ethic and the fact that it is the final will see them play out of their skins against France.

Win or lose, this Croatia team are already national heroes for improving on the 1998 team´s performance.

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.

France was a heavy favorite to make it deep into the tournament from the outset, but Croatia's path looked especially daunting heading into the group stage, with Argentina, Iceland, and Nigeria all in the same group.

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