Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

Lovren defending

Lovren has been a key part of the Croatia team that has booked their place in the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history, beating England 2-1 after extra time in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.

He was also integral to Liverpool's run to the Champions League final in May, but although Klopp was full of praise for the 29-year-old he also said there is still room for improvement.

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

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

The Liverpool centre back also said his country was now thirsty for "revenge" over France in Sunday's showpiece as they seek to banish the memory of their semi-final defeat to same nation 20 years ago.

'From my point of view, I had people saying I had a hard season, but I don't agree with that.

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

"This is something we'll never forget".

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. "We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said. We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us. "In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

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

One player Lovren insists should garner the respect of football fans worldwide is compatriot and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, urging FIFA to recognise his achievements and award him the Ballon d'Or.

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