7/13/2018 11:23:45 AM (GMT+3)

There’s no way I’m picking a favourite, says Lahm

There’s no way I’m picking a favourite, says Lahm

MOSCOW: Former German captain and 2014 World Cup-winner Phillip Lahm said the better team will win the final on Sunday.

“The match will decide that. There’s no way I’m picking a favourite. Of course, I can very well imagine Hugo Lloris and what it would mean for France and above all the players to follow in Deschamps’ and Zidane’s footsteps. The same is true for Luka Modric and Croatia, who are in a final for the first time in their history,” Lahm told FIFA.com.

At Brazil 2014, Lahm became the first Germany captain in 24 years to win the World Cup Trophy. The 34-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the triumph and hung up his boots for good three years later.

He will return to football’s biggest stage on Sunday as he brings the golden Trophy to Luzhniki Stadium.

“I’m presenting the Trophy on behalf of the German national team and Germany itself. We’ll be passing on the pride our country has felt for the last four years about ending this immense and special event as world champions. We will hand over that pride to the winners,” said Lahm.

This time, all four semifinal slots were bagged by the European sides. The former Bayern Munich star said that he was not surprised, but Europe has the potential.

“I was a little surprised. I always expected a South American side to reach the last four. Whether in Brazil, Argentina or Uruguay, there are always players in South America who are blessed with talent. Here in Europe, we have the best infrastructure, and the leagues in Germany, England, Spain, Italy and France are the most attractive and financially sound,” added Lahm.