as reported by the liverpoolecho.co.uk,
Dejan Lovren insists he deserves to be rated as one of the greatest defenders on the planet after helping Croatia to dump England out of the World Cup.
The Liverpool defender will line up in Sunday’s final against France after shining in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Gareth Southgate’s side after extra time.
“It’s something special for me,” Lovren told beIN Sports.
“From my point of view, people said I had a difficult season but I don’t agree.
“I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League. Now with my national team we are in the final.
“I think people should recognise that I am also one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense.”
Lovren admitted that Croatia were second best before they took control after the interval.
“It was quite tough in the first half. We couldn’t control the ball,” he added.
“They had some good chances but in the second half we did much better. We took spaces on the side and found some good crosses.
“In extra time we showed that even with fatigue we were still able to play our game.
“This is something that we will never forget. People are crying and are happy in our country now. This is something historical for us.
“We will never forget this. We beat our record from 20 years ago. We had this weight on our shoulders all the time. Now people will never forget us.
“Now we have a chance to do something even