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Desailly wants replay of 1998 France-Brazil World Cup final in Russia

5:29 AM MYT 28/03/2018
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A final between the two nations would be a fitting way to mark 20 years since the 1998 World Cup, according to former France star

Marcel Desailly wants to see France and Brazil face off in the World Cup final, 20 years after he lifted the trophy in the same fixture in Paris.

Desailly was sent off during the final of the 1998 tournament but still celebrated a 3-0 victory over the reigning champions, which earned France a first World Cup triumph.

The two sides are, along with Germany and Spain, among the favourites to win this year's edition in Russia, and Desailly believes a repeat final would be a fitting way to mark the anniversary.

Asked for his World Cup favourites, Desailly – speaking courtesy of Hublot – told Omnisport : "Besides France, I'll say Brazil. And why not a France v Brazil final to mark the 20th anniversary of our victory? That would be kind of great.

"I [also] have strong faith in Argentina, even if they struggled to qualify. Sometimes the countries that have team issues get a wake-up call. I really think Argentina can do something.

"Not because of [Lionel] Messi, but because I think the whole team can prove something."

The 49-year-old's confidence in Argentina may have take a bit of a hit on Tuesday however. 

Without Messi in the side La Albiceleste were humiliated by Spain in a friendly, with Isco scoring a hat trick in a 6-1 win. 

Despite the rough qualifying run and the poor result in the final friendly before the World Cup squad is picked, Argentina will be favored to move on from Group D in Russia, with Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria making up the rest of the group. 

Brazil are in Group E, alongside Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, while France have drawn Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C.