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Croatia defender Domagoj Vida apologises for Ukraine comments

15 July 2018

Lovren, 29, had been irked before the clash against England by questions of how he would deal with Harry Kane after the Tottenham Hotspur forward gave him the runaround in a 4-1 win for the north London side against Liverpool last October.

The Croatia worldwide will be hoping to emerge victorious against France in the final, and the way he helped shut Kane down will give him confidence.

I showed why I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League and now with the national team, and now I'm in the World Cup final.

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

It's the smallest country to reach the World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950, and now, Croatia faces its biggest challenge, will the team finally be able to win the final against France and lift the World Cup trophy for the first time ever.

"I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world".

"People said I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".

"He was a few weeks ago with us in the Champions League final, he was three years ago with us in the Europa League final".

Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes that he deserves to be recognised as one of the game's outstanding centre-backs.

"We will never forget this". They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better. We will never forget this. 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. Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

And he reserved a special word for team-mate Luka Modric: 'He is, not one of, the best midfield player in the world.

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida apologises for Ukraine comments