France’s victorious football World Cup team is to receive their country’s highest accolade, the Légion d’Honneur, the French presidency has announced.

France defeated Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow yesterday – the country’s second World Cup in 20 years.

Crowds of fans gathered at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport today to give the team a hero’s welcome.

The players will be honoured with a parade on the Champs Elysees and a presidential reception.

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic claimed a fourth Wimbledon title in ruthless fashion as he beat South African Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) on a sweltering Centre Court yesterday.

After the monumental drama provided by both men’s semi-finals, the two longest in Wimbledon history, the showpiece proved something of an anti-climax as Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought.

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