FIFA World Cup 2018: I am One of the World’s Best – Dejan Lovren
Croatia defender, Dejan Lovren believes he deserves to get recognised as one of the game’s outstanding centre-backs after his team defeated England in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren does not think he gets the recognition he deserves.
Lovren and his Croatia team-mate held off England in Moscow on Wednesday, winning 2-1 in extra-time to book a date with France on Sunday for the grand finale. And he says his performances should shut his critics up. Lovern told beIN Sport,
“People said I had a difficult season, but I don’t agree with that. I showed why I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with the national team, and now I’m in the World Cup final. I think people should recognise that I’m one of the best defenders in the world.”
Meanwhile, he had high praise for his international team-mate, Luka Modric.
“Modric is the best middle three player in the world, and if we win this World Cup, he deserves the Ballon d’Or.”
Croatia seemed on the ropes when Kieran Trippier gave England an early lead. But they hit back in the second half through Ivan Perisic before grabbing a winner in extra-time through Mario Mandzukic.
“It was quite tough first half, we couldn’t control the ball, and they had good chances” he admitted. “In the second half we were much better, we found space on the side and put in good crosses. Then in extra-time, we showed we still had the energy to play our game.”
Speaking of the experience as a whole, Lovren says it is one that the tiny European nation will always remember.
“This is something we’ll never forget. This is historical for us. People are crying in our country. We’ve had this weight on our shoulders for 20 years. Now we’ve got a chance to do something better on Sunday,” he concluded.
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