'People should recognise that I'm one of the world's best'

'People should recognise that I'm one of the world's best'

Vida is likely to start alongside Dejan Lovren against France on Sunday, as Croatia take part in their first World Cup final.

Memories turned back to him being substituted off after half an hour for Liverpool against Tottenham last October, when he went head to head with Harry Kane.

Until now, Croatia's greatest moment on the football pitch was reaching the World Cup semifinals in 1998, the country's first tournament after becoming independent.

Klopp concurred with the assessment, although he admitted it was perhaps not Lovren's call to make.

"I think I have done that, without being arrogant", said Lovren, who defended Modric for not playing with his typical command against England.

"I was nine and I remember my mum was screaming and crying after the French game", Lovren said.

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"I know I made a mistake and I would like to apologize again to Russian people", Vida said in an interview with Rossiya 24 state television, adding that he was bothered by the jeers. "But it is unbelievable how many talents we have in sports", said Lovren after Croatia ended England's World Cup dreams with a 2-1 semi-final win.

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. 'This feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game.

"This is something we'll never forget".

"Now we can all be happy for him [Lovren] and we are happy that Jordan maybe and Trent will be coming [back to Liverpool] earlier". They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better. Then in extra-time, we showed we still had the energy to play our game. Okay, we did not win that but that means only 11 players were better than us, and only two centre-halves.

Indeed, both Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, of Real Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, have confirmed their status as two of the best midfielders in the world, while Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic have also seen their stock rise.

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