Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren defending

GETTYLovren has been solid at the back for Croatia so far this tournament

Croatia and Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren claims that he should be regarded as one of the best defenders in world football having reached the World Cup final.

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

"It's not just the English press, I am talking about the criticism from the beginning". From the beginning, sometimes it's unfair.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense". Now with my national team we are in the final.

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.

Leicester City will face a real fight to keep hold of the no-nonsense defender following the competition and it remains to be seen whether one of the top clubs can entice him out of the King Power Stadium. I really didn't understand. This is too much about me.

"But whatever, this is what gets me more motivated to work harder and prove everyone wrong, everyone".

Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final. 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.

"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose". "Simple as that. The difference was mental".

If Vrsaljko does not make it, one option for Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic will be to bring Vedran Corluka into central defence and push Domagoj Vida out to right-back.

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

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