Classy Croatian Modric 9-4 for the Golden Ball

Croatia, 33-1 shots at the start of the World Cup, have upset the odds to reach the final and will have to do so one more time against France in Moscow on Sunday.

The outsiders are 45-23 to lift the trophy against the 4-9 French and if Croatia are to stun the world they will need Luka Modric, who was once again superb as they came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra-time in the semi-finals, to be at his best.

Real Madrid's midfield magician has starred throughout Croatia's run and is seen as the most likely challenger to Kylian Mbappe in the Golden Ball betting.

Modric is 9-4 to be voted as the player of the tournament behind 10-11 favourite Mbappe with no other player available at single-figure odds.

It's also expected to be a Croatia versus France battle in the race for the Golden Glove - the award for the best goalkeeper in Russia. Les Bleus skipper Hugo Lloris is 8-15 and Croatian cat Danijel Subasic is 15-8 with Jordan Pickford available at 10-1.

Compensation for England is expected in the Golden Boot with six-goal Harry Kane just 1-16 to be the top tournament goalscorer. Romelu Lukaku is the only other candidate, although the Belgian is two back on Kane with the third-place playoff to come between the two hotshots on Saturday.

However, neither is certain to start as traditionally this is seen as a chance to rotate the squads. Belgium are 5-4 to win in 90 minutes with England at 23-10.


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