Croatia defender says country 'makes good love'

Lovren right had a torrid time against Kane at Wembley in October

Lovren right had a torrid time against Kane at Wembley in October

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. He can still improve, 100 per cent.

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. "It's well deserved, I'm really happy for him".

His disappointment for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and fans of the country he calls home at the moment sat alongside satisfaction in seeing Lovren reach the pinnacle of the worldwide game.

He wrote for the Irish Independent: "I give Lovren credit for rebuilding his Liverpool career after that and there is no doubt that the arrival of Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window helped him to put in a better second half of the season, but I'm still not convinced he can relied upon every time he takes to the field".

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike. Now there is only one game left to make it forever.

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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.

"I can imagine everybody is disappointed but it was still a fantastic tournament with one game to come".

"Of course I'm delighted for Dejan".

And the Liverpool defender has praised Croatian parents for "making good love" and giving the small country several sports stars. It's impressive what they are doing. It's good to see. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

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