France and Croatia at full strength for World Cup final

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The inspiration of Luka Modric, the anchor provided by Ivan Rakitic and attacking prowess of Mario Mandzukic will all be needed again if Croatia are to continue their fairytale run and lift the gold-plated trophy.

A total of $400 million will be purely awarded to 32 national federations according to how they finish in the tournament where eventual FIFA World Cup 2018 winners will pocket $38 million (INR 2,602,874,600).

"In terms of mentality, it's obviously been a really hard couple of days", Southgate told reporters on Friday.

"I think as a manager, your job is to support the players, inspire the players, to give them the best possible way to be successful", he told reporters.

Croatia have played 90 more minutes and had a day's less rest than the French ahead of the final.

"We did not insist on practice sessions".

"We've been treated extremely fairly by everybody here", Southgate said.

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" We need relaxation and rest". We have some minor injuries but I hope we will overcome those today and all my players will be ready to play.

England were on top for most of the second half but with captain Harry Kane looking exhausted, Belgium's greater sharpness in the final third proved decisive. "We played seven matches here and won six of them".

"Tomorrow Croatia writes history - the whole world is watching us!" said the front page of the Jutarnji List newspaper, alongside a black and white photo of coach Zlatko Dalic talking to the players.

Meanwhile, Croatia firmly believed they can win the final. "This gives us strength and motivation", he said.

"But we've had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future".

"Whatever happens, we will be happy and proud because we deserved it".

Croatia beat England to reach the finals while France beat Belgium to also reach the finals.



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