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Fantasy football: These five players will be key game-changers in the World Cup final

The biggest game in the world needs some big performances

It all comes to the final 90 minutes for you fantasy football managers.

Lots of Dream Team World Cup players will have it all to play for in your mini-leagues with one game remaining.

It’s your time Kylian

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It’s your time Kylian

It’s France v Croatia, both sides full of stars, but who should you spend your final transfers on?

Here’s the guide to five critical game-changers in the World Cup final.

Kylian Mbappe, France

Soon to be iconic

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Soon to be iconic

Talents like this don’t come around too often.

Forget the Thierry Henry comparisons, Mbappe is carving out his own legend with some spellbinding performance in Russia.

The PSG youngster has played all six games for France and scored a total of 40 points – the highest of any French player.

He picked up 20 points against Argentina in his coming-of-age display in the last 16 and could become the new French king with a goal in the final.

Nearly 40% of you have selected him so the Mbappe market is somewhat saturated.

But he could well have a field day putting his pace up against Dejan Lovren in Moscow.

Mario Mandzukic, Croatia

Top one photo of the World Cup

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Top one photo of the World Cup

This man doesn’t get the love he deserves but he certainly pulls in the final points.

If you need one last push to win that mini-league Mandzukic could be your man.

He broke England’s hearts with a poacher’s finish to win the semi-final in extra time last time out.

Only 11% of managers have picked the Juventus front man and he’s come into his own in the knockout rounds – scoring 20 points in three games.

Either taking on Rafa Varane through the middle of targeting Benjamin Pavard at the back post, France will need to watch out for Mandzukic.

Raphael Varane, France

I’d still rather have Harry Maguire

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I’d still rather have Harry Maguire

As Martin Keown described him, Varane is an absolute Rolls Royce of a centre-back.

He’s also been a fantasy football points machine in Russia, amassing 32 points as a defender is outstanding.

Two clean sheets in the group stage before a crunch goal against Uruguay in the last 16 and another shutout against Belgium.

He’s an under-the-radar operator and will be expecting a clean sheet bonus and at least 7+ rating today.

Sime Vrsaljko, Croatia

You have a rest there my friend

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You have a rest there my friend

Lots of people will have the above three in their team, but only 6.5% of people have picked Vrsaljko and he’s been one of Croatia’s best players.

He’s scored 22 points and averages a 7.03 WhoScored.com rating for his six games and remember, ratings = points.

There’s nothing flashy about him but he does his job to perfection – stopped Lionel Messi scoring and put in the cross for Ivan Perisic’s goal against England.

Vrsaljko’s Atletico Madrid-bred defending could be just what Croatia need to keep France’s frightening strikers quiet.

Antoine Griezmann, France

Don’t worry Antoine, you’re in the final

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Don’t worry Antoine, you’re in the final

It took the introduction of Olivier Giroud into the side for Griezmann to really hit his straps in Russia.

Nearly half of all managers have him in their team but there’s good reason for that.

Eight points against Argentina, 15 against Uruguay and another five against Belgium.

When Griezmann is ticking so are France and even if Mbappe gets all the goals, Griezmann can turn provider with no question.

And if the pair combine to their potential, it could be a very long afternoon for Croatia’s defence.