Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

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SKY SPORTS GETTYEngland vs Croatia Harry Kane is set to come up against Dejan Lovren on Wednesday

The signing of a world class goalkeeper remains the primary target for Liverpool this summer, particularly following Loris Karius' high profile mistakes in the Champions League final at the end of May.

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren is eager to prove a point when he comes up against England forward Harry Kane in the World Cup semi-finals.

He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game.

From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", he said.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".

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". He deserves, if we win this World Cup, the Ballon d'Or'.

Croatia progressing to the World Cup final betters their best ever performance at the tournament by one step. "People are crying in our country", he added.

He continued: 'This is something we will never forget. People now will never forget us. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.

"Now we have the chance to do something even better and hopefully we can do it".

"It was a tough first half".

"They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better".

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

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