They make good love in Croatia - Lovren calls for respect

Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren

ITVJordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren share a touching moment before England face Croatia

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

He had been irritated on the eve of the game by references to his substitution after 31 minutes of a 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur back in October, when two...

And Lovren claims that he should be recognised as one of the world's best after reaching the Champions League final with Liverpool and now the World Cup final against France, which takes place on Sunday. "People are crying. It's something historical for us", the Liverpool defender said.

"Since I came in, maybe Dejan made three or four mistakes, two of them in the Tottenham game, maybe one in a Champions League game a year ago".

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He continued: "This is something we'll never forget".

"We will never forget this". People now will never forget us. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

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

"It was a tough first half".

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It's wonderful because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England . "It's nice to hear people enjoying it again, anyway".

Speaking of the experience as a whole, Lovren says it is one that the tiny European nation will always remember. In extra time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game. We couldn't control the ball or control situations.

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

"They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better".

"Modric is not one of the best, [he is] the best midfield player in the world and if we win this World Cup he deserves the Ballon d'Or".

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One player Lovren insists should garner the respect of football fans worldwide is compatriot and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, urging FIFA to recognise his achievements and award him the Ballon d'Or.

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