France players look relaxed as they arrive at Moscow hotel on the eve of World Cup final clash with Croatia

The France squad appeared in relaxed mood as they arrived at their Moscow hotel on the eve of the World Cup final.

Les Bleus completed one final training session in Istra before heading around 45 miles into the Russian capital, where they face Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogbawaved to onlookers as they made their way from the coach to their latest accommodation.

Manager Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, was all smiles as he dragged his luggage behind him and armed officers kept a watchful eye on proceedings.Kylian Mbappe and his France team-mates arrive at their Moscow hotel before World Cup final

Kylian Mbappe and his France team-mates arrive at their Moscow hotel before World Cup finalAntoine Griezmann and the rest of the squad sport Nike France T-shirts in the Russian capital
Antoine Griezmann and the rest of the squad sport Nike France T-shirts in the Russian capitalManchester United's Paul Pogba waves to an onlooker as he takes his luggage into the hotel
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba waves to an onlooker as he takes his luggage into the hotel
Didier Deschamps is all smiles as Les Bleus get off the coach following their journey from Istra
Didier Deschamps is all smiles as Les Bleus get off the coach following their journey from Istra

Antoine Griezmann was also photographed after the journey to Moscow and the Atletico Madrid star – like most of his team-mates – sported a white T-shirt emblazoned with the name of his country below a black Nike swoosh.

France will be competing in their third World Cup final on Sunday and aiming to add to a sole triumph that came on home soil back in 1998 while avenging a 2006 defeat to Italy.

They will also hope to banish the painful memories of that extra-time defeat to Portugal in the European Championship final in Paris two summers ago.

Deschamps’ side topped Group C after following narrow wins over Australia and Peru with a bore draw against Denmark before outlasting Argentina in a seven-goal, last-16 classic in Kazan.

Armed police keep a watchful eye on proceedings as Deschamps and his team head inside
Armed police keep a watchful eye on proceedings as Deschamps and his team head insideMidfielder Pogba will hope to inspire France to victory against Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium
Midfielder Pogba will hope to inspire France to victory against Croatia at the Luzhniki StadiumRaphael Varane was in imperious form during the semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday
Raphael Varane was in imperious form during the semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday

They toppled an Edinson Cavani-less Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals before squeezing past neighbours Belgium in St Petersburg on Tuesday evening courtesy of a second-half header from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Croatia, meanwhile, saw off Denmark, hosts Russia and England to reach their maiden final after finishing at the summit of Group D ahead of Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland.

They have never beaten France in five previous competitive meetings, losing a semi-final in 98.

Mbappe is currently the bookmakers’ favourite to claim the Golden Ball award for the World Cup’s best player following a series of scintillating performances, while the likes of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba will probably also still feel that they in contention for the honour.

Griezmann and Mbappe currently trail Harry Kane by three goals in the race for the Golden Boot, with the latter in action for England against Belgium on Saturday in the third-place play-off.Fellow defender Adil Rami of Marseille greets someone out of shot as suitcases are unloaded

Fellow defender Adil Rami of Marseille greets someone out of shot as suitcases are unloadedPresnel Kimpembe and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud make their way into the hotel in Moscow
Presnel Kimpembe and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud make their way into the hotel in Moscow