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English reporter upsets Croatia defender Lovren with Kane reminder

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup
Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2018, 17:42

Lovren can have his off days - he was terrorised by Romelu Lukaku at Old Trafford in March too - but there is something to be said for a player who has reached both the Champions League final and World Cup final within three months.

The euphoria of reaching a World Cup final may have gone to Dejan Lovren's head in the moments after Croatia defeated England on Wednesday night.

"But if we're ready to give our all on the pitch like we did when we played Argentina, if we will be compact, then I don't believe that there will be problems".

"People said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".

ILovren also provided an opinion that a lot more people can get onboard with, saying that teammate Luka Modric deserves to win the Ballon d'Or if Croatia beat France on Sunday.

"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said. People now will never forget us. Now with my national team we are in the final.

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"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".

"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said.

Lovren was able to shackle Harry Kane for the majority of the 120 minutes, and was asked after the game how Croatia have so much talent within their ranks. He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

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

"But I think even now after 20 years people will remember us and not just the '98 team". This is why I am proud. "He knows what I went through".