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Gary Neville: France deserved to win 2018 World Cup

France players celebrate winning the World Cup following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final - Getty Images

Former England defender Gary Neville has insisted that France deserved to prevail at the 2018 World Cup.

Les Bleus secured the trophy with a 4-2 win over Croatia in the final of the competition on Sunday afternoon.

Didier Deschamps’s side were awarded a controversial penalty via VAR in the first half, and while Neville has challenged the decision, the pundit said that “the best team won”.

“There’s a little bit of a cloud because of the penalty decision in the first half but the best team won,” Neville told ITV.

“To beat an Argentina team with Lionel Messi, a Uruguay side with Luis Suarez, with Diego Godin that also does the horrible stuff, to beat a Belgium side with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku… they’ve come through everything.

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“They can win all types of games. They haven’t got just good, skilful players in Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann – players who’ve lit up this World Cup in moments – they’re also tough and resilient.”

France have lifted the trophy for just the second time in their history.

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