On this Day in 1998, Croatia Won World Cup Bronze

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Manchester United's Pogba told L'Equipe that the Euro final defeat to Portugal still hurt and urged his teammates not to miss the chance to make amends.

"Two years ago it was tough", said one of the returnees, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. After all, there are some top football players from Croatia.

However, it is that aspect of Pogba's game that has been so impressive in Russian Federation as he and N'Golo Kante have laid the ideal foundation for France's array of attacking talent headlined by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

We savour [the win] a little, but we must now focus on the final.

"Today, I am happy. I have grown up, matured".

His Belgian counterpart Roberto Martinez was similarly unenthused about the game after his side were beaten 1-0 by France on Tuesday. But there have been no trophies since current coach Didier Deschamps lifted the World Cup as captain on July 12, 1998 - 5 months, 8 days before star striker Kylian Mbappe was born. "He was very efficient in our defensive plan".

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Even a late rendition of God Save the Queen failed to rally the 8,000-strong crowd at Castlefield Bowl at the start of extra time. He's always been a leader.

Defender Kyle Walker tweeted that he had "never felt so gutted" but said he wanted people to remain positive.

Pogba's defensive discipline will be fully tested by Croatia's midfield creators Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Paul Pogba insists France are not favourites against Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday in Moscow.

"But for these players, many have come of age on an global stage and I couldn't be prouder with what they've done".

"We are not thinking about it", he said. "I'm going to a wedding on the weekend, I have to drive to the airport soon to pick up my cousin who's flying in from Toronto, I have to make dinner, and I'm still here watching the game".

"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".

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