Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has snapped at English reporters ahead of Croatia's World Cup semifinal against the Three Lions.

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

Lovren and Kane are set to meet again in Moscow on Wednesday, less than nine months after the former was substituted in the first half as Liverpool were crushed by Tottenham at Wembley in the Premier League. "People are crying in our country", he added.

Asked about the game by one reporter, Lovren told the Mirror: "I don't know what to say in response to this question, it's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat".

And the Liverpool central defender says Croatia were physically fitter and mentally stronger than England.

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.

He continued: 'This is something we will never forget.


"We will never forget this". People now will never forget us. And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four.

"Now we have a chance to do something even better".

"It was a tough first half".

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

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

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

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