Liverpool legend Aldridge branded Lovren 'accident waiting to happen' before Croatia triumph

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

The 29-year-old also helped Liverpool to the final of the Champions League last season, but he was criticised for some of his performances throughout the campaign and even received a death threat following a particularly poor showing against Tottenham Hotspur in October.

Coming just seven weeks after Liverpool's defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev, Lovren has used it to hit back at his critics.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", he told BeIN Sports after beating England.

"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said.

"Without being arrogant, I think I have proved to be one of the best defenders in the world".

This is also the first time the Balkan nation has made the final - the furthest they had advanced previously was in France in 1998, when a Davor Suker-inspired side were knocked out by the hosts in the last four.

He continued: 'This is something we will never forget. We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.

"We beat our record from 20 years ago". We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now 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.

"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".

"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.

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