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Lovren was a defensive rock as Croatia came from behind to beat England in the semi-final on Wednesday and seal a date with France in Moscow on Sunday.

He was also integral to Liverpool's run to the Champions League final in May, but although Klopp was full of praise for the 29-year-old he also said there is still room for improvement.

"It's something, for me, special".

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Lovren said: "Modric is not one of the best but the best player in the middle in the world and, if we win, he deserves this World Cup".

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Former Liverpool full-back and ESPN FC analyst Steve Nicol feels Lovren is too prone to avoidable errors to be considered one of the elite defenders in the game.

"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", said the 29-year-old. People are crying in our country. "I think people should recognise that I'm one of the best defenders in the world".

"This is something we'll never forget. In extra-time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

"After 20 years, people will remember us, not only the '98 team". Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them.

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This victory over England led Croatia to their first World Cup final and Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor sealed Croatia's third consecutive win in extra-time or penalties, having beaten Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty shootouts in the previous two rounds.

"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball and they had good chances" he admitted.

Croatia played extra-time for the third successive knockout match, having previously beaten Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties.

The proud Croatian said that team-mate Luka Modric deserves the Ballon d'Or if his side prevail against France this weekend and added that it will be a massive occasion for Croatia.

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Fans celebrated the victory all over France, with fireworks and flares lighting up the sky above Paris and Marseille. The emotions were such that Dalic broke down in tears on the sideline after Rakitic's winning penalty.