I am one of the world's best, says Lovren

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

"I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that", the 29-year-old told BeIN SPORTS.

Dejan Lovren believes he has shown he is one of the best defenders in world football after reaching both the Champions League and World Cup finals this summer. "People are crying in our country", he added.

And Lovren claims that he should be recognised as one of the world's best after reaching the Champions League final with Liverpool and now the World Cup final against France, which takes place on Sunday.

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

Zlatko Dalic's team ended England's pursuit of glory at the tournament in Russian Federation with a 2-1 victory against the Three Lions after extra-time at Luzhniki Stadium. We beat our record 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight I would say and people now will never forget us. We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.

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"I really don't understand these questions, always looking back to where I made some mistakes", he said. "I wish we could both be in the final for that game but there is only one victor".

- Who has the edge in the World Cup final? And it Is a special history when you look back and see that three times in the knock out stages we have played 120 minutes and yet we still had fresher legs than that England team.

If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory.

"He's proud of me and what I've achieved", he said.

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