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

Lovren defending

GETTYLovren has been solid at the back for Croatia so far this tournament

Dejan Lovren believes that he has established himself as one of the world's best defenders and deserves to be shown more respect after helping Croatia into the World Cup final.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Lovren said: "Modric is not one of the best but the best player in the middle in the world and, if we win, he deserves this World Cup".

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old.

I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League.

Lovren and Kane are set to meet again in Moscow on Wednesday, less than nine months after the former was substituted in the first half as Liverpool were crushed by Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said. "I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world". We will never forget this.

"This is something we will never forget".

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.

"We've had this weight on our shoulders for 20 years. Now we have a chance to do something even better".

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

Key to Croatia reaching the final has been the inspirational performances of Real Madrid's 32-year-old midfielder Luka Modric, who has not only lifted the Champions League trophy four times, but is the heartbeat of this Croatian team.

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.

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