Mental strength paid off for France, says Deschamps

Mbappe scored France's fourth goal of the final, his fourth in total for the tournament, and following the match was awarded the FIFA Young Player Award.

Whilst Croatia might be the smallest nation to ever play in a (proper) World Cup Final in the modern era, support for Zlatko Dalic and his troops today could possibly be the biggest any nation has had.

The Brazil legend tweeted his congratulations to Mbappe after the PSG star became just the second teenager to score in a final.

Now there have been 161 goals scored in 62 matches, for an average of 2.6 goals per match.

The France manager's press conference was momentarily interrupted at the beginning when the players, led by goalscorer Paul Pogba, gatecrashed the conference room by joyously spraying water on the journalists in attendance and dancing on tables.

Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris featured for France in the World Cup final against Croatia on Sunday afternoon.

Deschamps said 14 of his players were World Cup newcomers but were ready to work towards a common goal and were mentally more mature than their age.

Mental strength paid off for France, says Deschamps
Mental strength paid off for France, says Deschamps

Prior to the final match notable American music star Will Smith joined other celebrities to sing the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup theme song "LiveItUp" at the Luzhniki Stadium.

France took the lead from a Mario Mandzukic own goal and they had to soak up a sustained Croatian offensive, including a 28th-minute equalizer, before going in front with a penalty.

France manager Didier Deschamps shows faith in the same starting line-up that saw them overcome Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg on Tuesday night.

"There are people of many different origins, that's what makes France so attractive".

We can't wait to see them to celebrate tomorrow.

Former France midfielder and 1998 World Cup victor in a column for The Times: Didier Deschamps has timed this run to perfection. "Still, it is a great achievement to play in the final and we can only be proud of what our soccer team has done in the World Cup", 59-year old Darko Ilakovac said. "I learned a lot from that defeat", he said.

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Finishing second, England take on Colombia, with a potential quarterfinal against the victor of Sweden vs. Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois catches the ball during his team's 1-0 win over England on Thursday.

  • Lawrence Cooper