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France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric included but who else is selected?

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France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric included but who else?
Who gets a place in the combined France-Croatia team? (Photo by FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

France and Croatia have reached the World Cup final with a series of fine team performances, entwined with some exemplary individual displays.

Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic have helped guide their respective nations to the Moscow showcase and will fight to be the face of the final on Sunday.

But when it comes to a combined XI, which of the two countries dominates? Based on the performances purely in this tournament, weve put together a team which reflects their displays. Sharpen your knives.

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Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris: The golden glove winner in waiting has been superb in Russia this summer and made terrific saves in the knock-out wins over Uruguay and Belgium to help Les Blues reach the final.

France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric included but who else?
Lloris has been in spectacular form this summer. (Getty Images)

Right-back – Sime Vrsaljko: The Atletico Madrid defender has provided an outlet on the right and was superb in the semi-final against England despite suffering from injury.

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Centre-back – Raphael Varane: His header helped edge France through a tough quarter-final against Uruguay but his defensive efforts have been far more valuable. Probably the best all-round defender in the world right now.

Centre-back – Domagoj Vida: Away from the Bond villain comparisons and his politically motivated statements, Vida has been non-nonsense in Russia alongside Dejan Lovren. An old-school defender happy to put his foot, and head, in where it hurts.

TOPSHOT - France's defender Raphael Varane celebrates after scoring the opener during the Russia 2018 World Cup quarter-final football match between Uruguay and France at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on July 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
Varane scored against Uruguay but his defensive contributions have been just as valuable. (Getty Images)

Left-back – Ivan Strinic: Another full-back who has balanced his attacking and defensive responsibilities perfectly. Produced lung-busting displays against Russia and England down the left flank and nullified Mario Fernandes and Kieran Trippier.

Centre-midfield – NGolo Kante: The Chelsea man has underpinned Frances resilient performances and their four clean sheets with him in the team. Didier Deschamps has finally found balance in his midfield but it hasnt come at the expensive of nullifying Kantes combative style.

Centre-midfield – Luka Modric: One of the contenders for the golden ball award after orchestrating Croatias run to the final. Ontop of his creative abilities, Modric has shown himself to be resilient and remarkably strong during three extra time periods.

France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric included but who else?
Modric is in line for the golden ball award. (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Centre-midfield – Ivan Rakitic: The Barcelona schemer may not have had the attacking impact he has with his club but the control he has exerted in midfield has been key to stemming the attacking flow from their opponents.

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Right wing – Kylian Mbappe: France have offered little fluidity going forward but when they have, Mbappe has been central to it. He announced himself to the global stage with two goals against Argentina and was terrific in the win over Belgium.

France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric included but who else?
Mandzukics goal sent Croatia into the final. (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Centre-forward – Mario Mandzukic: Perhaps the most selfless player in either squad. Has run his heart out for Croatia in the knock-out stage and got his reward with a fine strike in extra-time to beat England.

Ivan Perisic – Left wing: In truth not has not had his best tournament but has come up with important contributions at vital times. Has always look dangerous with the ball at his feet and has ensured full-backs have always been occupied in the final third.

France vs Croatia combined XI: Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric included but who else?

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