They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

Harry Kane Dejan Lovren

Croatia will face France in their first-ever World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning at 1:00am AEST.

The former Southampton man has had a lot of unnecessary flak in recent times, including a whole lot of abuse on social media after he had an absolute stinker in a 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley.

With a place in the final secured after a 2017-18 season in which Liverpool reached the Champions League final despite criticisms of their defensive weaknesses, Lovren feels a point had been proven about his quality as a player.

"People said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".

"Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, maybe one in a Champions League game previous year".

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

Dejan Lovren called for more recognition of his talents after he helped Croatia to a World Cup semi-final victory over England, describing himself as "one of the best defenders in the world".

Dejan Lovren answered his critics for as Croatia beat England. People are crying. It's something historical for us.

He continued: "This is something we'll never forget".

Key to Croatia reaching the final has been the inspirational performances of Real Madrid's 32-year-old midfielder Luka Modric, who has not only lifted the Champions League trophy four times, but is the heartbeat of this Croatian team.

"But I think even now after 20 years people will remember us and not just the '98 team".

However, Lovren believes that his achievements confirm that he is among the world's best players in his position.

The Croatia global will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence.

Lovren says he remembers his mum took him and they went to the basement and can't remember how long they sat there.

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