Fowler favours Croa­tia, Sc­holes picks France

New Straits Times - - SPORT - Farah Azharie

leg­end Rob­bie Fowler and Manch­ester United ri­val Paul Sc­holes are once again on op­po­site sides.

When it comes to to­mor­row’s World Cup fi­nal, their pre­dic­tions of the win­ners dif­fer.

Fowler and Sc­holes used to be on op­po­site sides in the English Pre­mier League with the for­mer play­ing for Liver­pool and the other for Manch­ester United.

This time, Fowler picked Croa­tia while Sc­holes chose France.

“Both teams de­serve to be there. France have been one of the stand­out teams through­out but Croa­tia’s per­for­mance has been dogged, pro­fes­sional and good.

“Look, I wouldn’t be sur­prised if Croa­tia won,” said Fowler.

Sc­holes said he will go for Di­dier Deschamp’s men, point­ing out that France’s Kylian Mbappe will make the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams.

“I prob­a­bly said this al­ready, two fan­tas­tic groups of play­ers and they both de­serve to be in the fi­nal. I think just the per­for­mance of France and Mbappe could be the dif­fer­ence in this game.

“If Croa­tia can han­dle him (Mbappe) then… but it’s more be­cause France have (Olivier) Giroud and a spe­cial set of guys who do a lot for the team. I’ll go for France to just nick it,” said Sc­holes.

Fowler and Sc­holes will be at Re­sorts World Gent­ing this week­end to close the cur­tain on Gent­ing Foot­ball Fever 2018.

The two for­mer Eng­land play­ers will also be present dur­ing the third-place match view­ing to­day at 8pm at the Gent­ing In­ter­na­tional Show­room (GISR) and the fi­nal match to­mor­row at 9pm at the Arena of Stars.

MO­HAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI PIC BY

Paul Sc­holes (seated) poses with fans dur­ing the Gent­ing Foot­ball Fever’s clos­ing yes­ter­day.

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