Argentina's Nestor Pitana to referee final

Gareth Southgate England

After Horacio Elizondo in 2006, he becomes the second Argentinian referee to officiate a World Cup Final. Deschamps' situation is not unlike Jose Mourinho's at Manchester United; winning trophies makes the Machiavellian tactics justifiable, but as soon as results turn sour all good will evaporates.

Paul Pogba has urged France not to let an opportunity to win the World Cup pass as Les Bleus booked their place in Sunday's showpiece with a 1-0 win over Belgium . Three games an the U-17 World Cup in 2013 preceded a call-up the following year for the World Cup in Brazil, where Pitana supervised four fixtures, including France v Germany in the quarter-finals.

But the 51-year-old Dalic had a largely unremarkable playing career before switching to coaching in his native Croatia. I am already proud and are moments that I will take for all my life! "I'll be at the park for the party afterwards, for whatever happens".

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Fellow Sportsmail columnist - and former England defender - Martin Keown agreed, saying: 'I would urge Gareth to pick his A team and go for it.

"We can not sneeze at that". This was a hard path but I believed in myself.

"Congratulations Croatia. Politics, sport, the region and the world have all come together tonight", Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev tweeted along with a photo of himself and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "When Croatia called, I never had any doubts".

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The match on Sunday will be the first time Croatia plays in the tournament's final, and comes after it beat out England earlier this week.

Lucas Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrasljko will represent Atletico Madrid with Thomas Lemar, who began the tournament as a Monaco player, also in contention for some action at the Luzhniki Stadium.

"The only thing that stands in our way of achieving the World Cup is France, again" said Ivan Skoko, 25, who was born in Canada but lived in Croatia in 2014. "He knows exactly how to interact with players and does it in a unique way".

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"Now, I think people judge me on my role as a midfielder and not as a player who can score goals and make assists".

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