Monday, 16 July, 2018

Dejan Lovren demands respect after matching Thierry Henry feat

Lovren defending GETTYLovren has been solid at the back for Croatia so far this tournament
Betsy Taylor | 14 July, 2018, 08:16

Croatia progressing to the World Cup final betters their best ever performance at the tournament by one step.

And the Liverpool defender has praised Croatian parents for "making good love" and giving the small country several sports stars.

Although pinpointed as a weak link for Liverpool this season, the former Southampton and Lyon man helped the Reds to the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Real Madrid, but another shot at glory presents itself on Sunday in the World Cup final.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League".

"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".

Speaking of the experience as a whole, Lovren says it is one that the tiny European nation will always remember. People will never forget us.

"We will never forget this". And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four.


The Croatia worldwide will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence. And it Is a special history when you look back and see that three times in the knock out stages we have played 120 minutes and yet we still had fresher legs than that England team.

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.

"It was tough first half".

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

Lovren also called for Croatia team-mate Luka Modric to receive the highest individual award in world football, the Ballon d'Or.

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