They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

The Liverpool defender helped his nation to a 2-1 victory over the Three Lions in Moscow on Wednesday night, setting up a finale against France. 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. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

"The difference was mental - because we knew we could write history and we did it".

"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 past year".

And Lovren claims that he should be recognised as one of the world's best after reaching the Champions League final with Liverpool and now the World Cup final against France, which takes place on Sunday.

"I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", the 29-year-old told beIN SPORTS.

"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world". "My personal things weren't good, so I didn't want to go to the national team and make problems".

The centre-half appeared particularly aggrieved by pre-match references to his first-half substitution against Tottenham last season, when England skipper Harry Kane ran him ragged. It's why I'm proud.

"I live in England and have two players in the England team, so I was a little bit more for England", he said.

"[In Croatia] we went through a lot of s***, war, all these things and even now the situation is not the best". "I don't understand these questions, why they're always looking back, when I made mistakes. I wish we could both be in the final for that game but there is only one victor".