Dejan Lovren demands respect after matching Thierry Henry feat

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

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

Croatia lost to hosts France in the semi-finals 20 years ago in their first World Cup as an independent nation, going on to beat the Netherlands in the third-place play-off.

Lovren, 29, has largely failed to set Anfield alight since moving from Southampton in 2014, often coming under fire for a lack of consistency at the back, though last season the Croat defender was instrumental in Liverpool's journey to the Champions League final.

"I admire his ability to fancy himself, but he isn't one of the best defenders in the world".

He also received negative press from Croatian outlets during the global showpiece in Russian Federation.

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

He continued: "This is something we'll never forget". People are crying, they are happy in our country.

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. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. "Now we have a chance to do something even better".

'It was tough first-half. In extra time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game.

"One minute you think everything's in control and all of a sudden the ball's in the back of the net and he's right in the middle of it".

Dalic refused to confirm whether right back Sime Vrsaljko would miss the game, after the Atletico Madrid player came off in extra time against Russian Federation.

And he reserved a special word for team-mate Luka Modric: 'He is, not one of, the best midfield player in the world.

Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has claimed that he deserves to be considered amongst the best defenders in world football.

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