GETTYDejan Lovren responds to questions from the media ahead of tomorrow's semi-final against England
14 July, 2018, 08:17
Reaching the final caps a hugely impressive 2018 for Lovren, who came through a hard run of form for Liverpool to play a key part in reaching the UEFA Champions League final in May.
The 29-year-old has been criticised for his performances for Liverpool this season but has played a key role in Croatia's success in Russian Federation this summer.
And he is delighted that this current Croatian generation have finally lived up to, and now surpassed, the standards of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals.
Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final.
And as anticipation has grown each year as to whether Croatia's squad will finally meet the expectations set in France two decades ago, they finally proved themselves -- after a historic win against England yesterday.
"It's something we'll never forget".
"This is something historical for us", said Lovren. We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us.
If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory.
'It was tough first-half.
Lovren said: "This is something we will never forget". We couldn't control the ball or control situations.
Croatia played extra-time for the third successive knockout match, having previously beaten Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties.
"They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better".
Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has claimed that he deserves to be considered amongst the best defenders in world football.
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".
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