'They make good love in Croatia!' - Lovren explains incredible talent pool

Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren

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.

The Real Madrid star has captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, improving on the country's previous best performance at the tournament in 1998, when they finished third.

He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game".

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

Lovren was instrumental in helping Croatia come from behind against England on Wednesday to secure their place in Sunday's final with France.

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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".

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

He continued: 'This is something we will never forget. 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. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

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. And it Is a special history when you look back and see that three times in the knock out stages we have played 120 minutes and yet we still had fresher legs than that England team. He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

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