Les Ferdinand says one of the 'craziest' World Cups ever proves the gap between footballing continents is closing even further.
Sunday's final may be between traditional World Cup powers in Brazil and Germany but the tournament will be remembered for the likes of South Korea beating Spain and Italy, Senegal toppling France, USA beating Portugal and Argentina failing to get out of their group.
On the of the final, Les, a member of England's 98 squad, reflected: "It's one of the craziest World Cup ever. Hardly any results have gone according to plan.
"At the end of the season it was thought by a few that England might not even get out of the 'group of death', we weren't fancied to get that far.
"If we did, we were then meant to play France if we got through - how wrong could we all be?
"It's been unpredictable, two major forces in France and Argentina went out at the group stages and I think it's been good for football.
"It just shows we have to realise that there are no pushovers in the game anymore.
"Look at Saudi Arabia. They were battered by Germany in that first game but they came back and stood firm.
"You won't forget the likes of South Korea or Senegal in a hurry either. It's been an incredible tournament."