France have been improving throughout the tournament and have beat Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in the knockout rounds without needing extra time or penalties.
France will have had 24 hours longer to prepare for the game after edging out Belgium 1-0 in 90 minutes in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.
The air was thick with tension during the strength-sapping extra-time as the two nations battled it out for an elusive winning goal. "I reckon there's a lot we could've done better". He was more creative in terms of recovery of the ball, one-on-ones, he performed very well. "We'll look at the goals and chances but I don't think we could have given more over these six or seven weeks".
"The first half was not good for us". "We have a very strong collective and Croatia also have some big individual talents at the service of the team too".
Gareth Southgate admits the third-place play-off is not a game that any team wants to play in, leaving the England manager facing a challenge to prepare his players in the wake of their World Cup heartache.
Among the best was Marcelo Brozovic, the Inter Milan midfielder brought into the line-up to provide extra steel in front of the defence. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.
"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed". To represent your country, I can't tell you how proud I am to share the dressing room with those players. Little Croatia through to the World Cup Final! The 51-year-old had spent the previous three years managing Abu Dhabi-based team Al-Ain.
We've watched every game, rated every player and constructed a top 10 or 20 for each spot and crowned the kings of each.
Ex-Real Madrid forward Davor Suker, the current president of the country's football federation, was the golden boot victor in 1998 with six goals for a team that also featured AC Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban, as well as defenders Igor Stimac and Slaven Bilic - both of whom played in England.