Kante the key to Cup destiny
KYLIAN Mbappe and Luka Modric are the respective stars competing for the World Cup golden ball award.
A guy who wouldn't look out of place holding that trophy aloft at the end of the tournament is N'Golo Kante.
My old Leicester City teammate could be the key to Monday's final. Described by Paul Pogba as having 15 lungs, he just defies all belief.
His ability to break up play is insane, his reading of the game and turning a break of a play around into attack is at another level.
People compare him with former France midfielder Claude Makalele, who was world-class and the best defensive midfielder of his time. Kante is better, he's got all that and more to his game.
Only a few years before Leicester he was in France's lower leagues, written off and told he was too small.
Leicester scout Steve Walsh spotted him at Caen and changed the course of Premier League history.
He was only there for a season and while somehow it took him a few games to break into the side, once he did there was no turning back for him or the team and I'm surprised more Premier League teams didn't try sign him.
If he leaves Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona must be his next step, as they're befitting of his level.
He's incredibly humble - when you see him on the pitch he looks almost timid like. That's what he's like, but you just can't help but to love the guy.
Even when we celebrated you're like c'mon give us a bit more.
In contrast the Croatians have not been shy in celebrating their remarkable feat of reaching the World Cup final.
They're a bit outside the norm. These guys who are out celebrating drinking whisky and beer shouldn't be winning the World Cup should they?
Well they just might, and it actually adds a nice touch to it. They're obviously unbelievably professional, they wouldn't be playing at some of the world's top clubs if they weren't.
They've got that party side, naughty side, but that probably alleviates a lot of the pressure.
Croatians can be an enigma. I played with Alen Boksic at Middlesbrough, who was an incredible talent but an interesting guy. When he wanted to turn it on he could.
That's the beauty of the World Cup, the variety of different cultures are on show.
Stopping Mbappe will be crucial for Croatia. He's reminiscent of Thierry Henry at his peak - you're wondering what's going to happen.
That turn of pace and control we haven't seen that since Cristiano Ronaldo early in his career at Man United, but Mbappe's got more fluency to him, he's more elegant.
I believe France will be a lot more concerned about playing Croatia than England.
Croatia's had good teams in the past but they've never had this unity and work ethic.
Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic - their workrate against England was insane.
I'm excited about this final. It could be a bit of a chess game.
I'm tipping France 3-2, but it could go either way and I'd love to see Croatia win it.