Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Captain Luka Modric was again crucial for Croatia, and Lovren said the Real Madrid midfielder should win the Ballon d'Or if he leads his country to World Cup glory, per beIN Sports (via Bairner): "Modric is the best middle three player in the world, and if we win this World Cup, he deserves the Ballon d'Or".

Dejan Lovren believes he should be regarded as one of the best defenders in the world after helping Croatia knock England out of the World Cup. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said.

This victory over England led Croatia to their first World Cup final and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor sealed Croatia's third consecutive win in extra-time or penalties, having beaten Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty shootouts in the previous two rounds.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

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Asked about the game by one reporter, Lovren told the Mirror: "I don't know what to say in response to this question, it's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat". We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us. Now with my national team we are in the final.

"But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong, everyone". "I wish we could both be in the final for that game but there is only one victor".

Croatia made history by surpassing the 1998 team that lost in the semi- finals. 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. This is why I am proud.

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