Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

In the final itself, Pogba continued in that vein, scoring a fine goal on the hour mark to put the game beyond Croatia after a gorgeous threaded through ball to Kylian Mbappe. Uker and companies will have the chance to take revenge on the "tricolor".

"FIFA´s priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration", a spokesman said. "I have grown up, matured".

Pogba put in his latest assured display of a quietly impressive tournament at Russian Federation 2018 as Samuel Umtiti's header downed Belgium 1-0 in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

After a double substitution from Didier Deschamps, Paul Pogba grabbed a victor with 10 minutes left with a heavily deflected shot.

"This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong", the Manchester United midfielder tweeted after Tuesday's 1-0 win.

The reigning World Cup champions, Germany, were knocked out at the group stage, the first time in 80 years they've been knocked out in the first round. "It will be a World Cup final, a great match, difficult".

"I've known Pogba for a long time".

"Respect him! Respect! Why are you always talking about my brother?"

Pogba's defensive discipline will be fully tested by Croatia's midfield creators Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. But I have no star either although there is one on my shirt.

"I hope France win it for Paul", he continued.

"We were louder, they were carrying us, they picked us up when we were not in control of the game", Dalic said of the supporters, adding, "for Croatian football and Croatia as a country, this is history being written".

"I am not writing off Croatia, but I fancy France in this final", Keane told ITV Sport.

Now, the French await if they will be able to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1998 win by bringing home another World Cup trophy, facing either Croatia or England in Moscow this Sunday.

Pogba tends to live life with a smile on his face.

  • Stacy Allen