Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Dejan Lovren Says He's One Of The Best Defenders In The World

Harry Kane Dejan Lovren SKY SPORTS GETTYEngland vs Croatia Harry Kane is set to come up against Dejan Lovren on Wednesday
Rita Gibson | 12 July, 2018, 14:15

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.

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

"It's something special for me".

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told BeIN Sports after beating England.

Should England hold on for the victory, the Three Lions will take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday, where more beer will undoubtedly be sent to the heavens with every goal scored.

For Liverpool fans the Premier League crown remains their most sought-after trophy but under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp there is a real sense that the club can finally add the elusive piece of silverware to their trophy cabinet.

Croatia are now preparing for their first-ever World Cup final, with Zlatko Dalic's side surpassing the 1998 team which reached the last four in France.

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And, despite early struggles against an energetic Raheem Sterling on Wednesday in Moscow, he was largely proved correct as Croatia limited England's chances and nullified Kane.

"It's something we'll never forget".

"We beat our record from 20 years ago".

"We're gutted. It hurts, it hurts a lot", Kane said after the match at the Luzhniki Stadium.

"Now we have the chance to do something even better and hopefully we can do it".

'It was tough first-half.

'In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game'.

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