By the end of play this afternoon, either France or Croatia will have been crowned World Cup winners for 2018.
A month-long tournament has come down to one to one game in Moscow, as Zlatko Dalic and Didier Deschamps aim to create a bit of history with their respective sides. With that, the managers have named their starting elevens for what will almost certainly be the biggest match in these players’ careers.
Conscious of rocking the boat at this late stage (or else just rewarding the players that have got them this far), both teams remain unchanged from their respective semi-finals.
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For France, this means that Blaise Matuidi will continue to operate out wide in a 4-2-3-1 system, with Kylian Mbappe on the other flank, Antoine Griezmann at number ten and Olivier Giroud up front as he continues to chase that elusive first goal at this World Cup.
For Croatia, meanwhile, the fact they remain unchanged is a slight surprise given the face they have gone the distance to extra time for three matches running, not to mention the injury doubts surrounding Danijel Subasic and Sime Vrsaljko last week, and Mario Mandzukic requiring treatment for a leg injury against England.
It also means that Dalic is also persisting with a three-man midfield, with Marcelo Brozovic keeping his place ahead of Andrej Kramartic.