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The World Cup is coming to its real home, France

The World Cup is, indeed, likely to be going home.

It was France, not England, that dreamt up the tournament back in 1930 - when the Football Association declined to take part, probably because the English had not invented it. And, as marvellously unpredictable as Russia 2018 has been at almost every turn, Les Bleus have been handed every possible advantage to win tonight's final in Moscow.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Decisive Deschamps will bring Cup 'home''. Print Edition | Subscribe