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

The Liverpool centre-back played his part in keeping England striker Harry Kane quiet at Luzhniki Stadium as Zlatko Dalic's side bounced back from Kieran Trippier's fifth-minute opener to win 2-1 in extra time.

Less than two months after lining up for Liverpool in the Champions League final, he is now heading for the biggest match in worldwide football.

Lovren was an integral contributor for the Reds as they reached the Champions League final in May, meaning the 29-year-old will have played in two of the biggest fixtures in world football within two months.

Captain Luka Modric was again crucial for Croatia, and Lovren said the Real Madrid midfielder should win the Ballon d'Or if he leads his country to World Cup glory, per beIN Sports (via Bairner): "Modric is the best middle three player in the world, and if we win this World Cup, he deserves the Ballon d'Or".

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"It's something special for me", Lovren said regarding the feat.

Like with my case, I think people should respect me also.

"I showed that I took Liverpool to the Champions League final and now with my national team we are in the final".

Lovren also called for his national team captain Luka Modric to be crowned the 2018 Ballon d'Or victor after leading the country to their first ever World Cup final. "We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us", he said. We will never forget this.

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Croatia's legs at the start seemed to carry the weight of so many minutes in the knockout stage, and a pressing England went up quickly.

"We beat our record from 20 years ago". People will never forget us.

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

"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball and they had some chances, but in the second half we did much better". Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

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