Saturday, 21 July, 2018

I am one of the world's best, says Lovren

Croatia stun England in extra time to book first-ever final berth I am one of the world's best, says Lovren
Frederick Owens | 12 July, 2018, 14:12

In the end, a goal from striker Mario Mandzukic in the second half of extra time provided the agonizing difference that booked Croatia a first ever World Cup final place, in which they will meet a formidable-looking "Les Bleus" at the same stadium on Sunday.

"It's something special for me. From my point of view I had people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told beIN Sports.

Lovren came in for criticism in the first-half of last season, in particular when he was hooked half-an-hour into a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley.

Lovren and his team-mates helped shackle England captain Harry Kane during last night's 2-1 extra time victory, and will now face France in Sunday's decider. "I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world". Croatia last made its way to the semi-finals in 1998, where it was beaten by the host-country France.

Lovren, who has featured in all six of Croatia's fixtures at this summer's tournament, added: "This is something we will never forget". We will never forget this.

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"We went through a lot of s**t", he said.

"We thought we were just good enough, we thought we could have done that".

Oblak has established himself as one of the world's very best goalkeepers during his four years with Atlético Madrid and the Slovenian global would represent a major summer coup for Liverpool, if a deal can be struck.

"Modric is not one of the best, [he is] the best midfield player in the world and if we win this World Cup he deserves the Ballon d'Or".

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