Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup…

15 July, 2018, 17:23 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Dejan Lovren is ready for a rematch against Harry Kane

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida apologized after his team's 2-1 extra time win over England in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday for comments in support of Russia's neighbor Ukraine.

Those episodes have led to sanctions from soccer's worldwide governing body, but Lovren is hoping the squad's success at this World Cup will mark a turning point for the country.

"I always said there is a future, it's about what we do in the moment".

Two years ago, Croatia's campaign at the 2016 European Championship was overshadowed by turmoil in the stands as fans hurled dozens of flares onto the field in protest against the football federation leadership. People are crying, they are happy in our country.

In an earlier statement released by the Croatia's football federation (HNS), Vida, 29, who played for Dynamo Kyiv from 2013-18, said he did not intend for the message to be a political statement.

Lovren will be granted an extended break after Sunday's final against France and report back to Liverpool in close proximity to the start of the Premier League campaign on August 12.

Vida has forged an impressive partnership with Liverpool FC defender Dejan Lovren to help Croatia beat Denmark, Russia and England in the knockout stage to reach the World Cup final. France will enter the Final as massive favorites, but the Croats haven't let the odds get in the way yet during their World Cup run.

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Lovren is expected to start in Croatia's World Cup final meeting with France in Moscow on Sunday.

Lovren joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 and played 43 games in all competitions last season.

"We will never forget this".

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

"One minute you think everything's in control, all of a sudden the ball's in the back of the net and he's right back stuck in the middle of it".

'In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game'.

Dejan Lovren believes he should be regarded as one of the best defenders in the world after helping Croatia knock England out of the World Cup.

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