'I Am One Of The Best Defenders In The World!'

Lovren Presser

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his exhausted team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime when they face England in the World Cup semi-finals in Moscow today. The country is small but all the players are pretty big.

He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game. In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

"We will never forget this".

Lovren was not impressed when he was reminded of that day by an English reporter. From the beginning, sometimes it's unfair.

"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".

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"When you look back, we had three times 120 minutes, and fresher legs than England". We have come back after 20 years to the semis and we deserve it. This is what I wanted.

"I don't know what to say".

'We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday. It's unbelievable how many talents we have in sport, basketball, handball, water polo, tennis, for sure.

Lovren bounced back later in the season, helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final.

The former Southampton man thinks he has often been criticised unfairly and is proud to "prove everyone wrong".

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"Like in my case when you are talking about me". Even in tough times he was always backing me up. This is too much about me.

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"I just decided that I didn't deserve to be there", he explained. Now with my national team we are in the final. I preferred to keep on the side.

Lovren says he remembers his mum took him and they went to the basement and can't remember how long they sat there. "I made it right now".

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