Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo will take charge of the World Cup final between Italy and France.

Elizondo was also in charge of the opener between Germany and Costa Rica, as well as the quarter-final tie between England and Portugal during which the official sent off Wayne Rooney.

The 42-year-old PE teacher has been a professional referee since 1994 and his first international was a game between Ecuador and Colombia in October 1996.

Dario Garcia and Rodolfo Otero, also of Argentina, will be Elizondo’s assistants.

German Markus Merk and Slovakian Lubos Michel were the favourites to officiate at Sunday’s final.