Croatia defender Domagoj Vida apologises for Ukraine comments

2018 World Cup: Croatia Sacks Coach Ahead of Semi Final Clash with England

2018 World Cup: Croatia Sacks Coach Ahead of Semi Final Clash with England

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.

Memories turned back to him being substituted off after half an hour for Liverpool against Tottenham last October, when he went head to head with Harry Kane.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League".

It's been 20 years since Croatia not only burst onto the World Cup scene, but also since they advanced beyond the group stages.

A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as flawless for Croatia's biggest ever game.

Stars of that team remain household names in Croatia, including the football federation president and ex-Real Madrid striker Davor Suker, who has been with this squad all the way through this World Cup campaign.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

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Lovren will be granted an extended break after Sunday's final against France and report back to Liverpool in close proximity to the start of the Premier League campaign on August 12. People are crying. It's something historical for us.

Vida is expected to be in the stating lineup when Croatia face France in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. "I sincerely hope that this message will not be understood as anything else but an expression of gratitude to our friends in Ukraine for their support", he said.

'I think people should respect me also, ' he added.

After the Croatians' 2-1 triumph over the Three Lions on Wednesday, Lovren said that he feels as though he has repeatedly proved critics wrong.

"This is something we'll never forget", he said.

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday.

They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games. He played a really good World Cup, but to do it consistently is more important.

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