Lovren hails Croatia's historic World Cup achievement

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The 29-year-old also helped Liverpool to the final of the Champions League last season, but he was criticised for some of his performances throughout the campaign and even received a death threat following a particularly poor showing against Tottenham Hotspur in October.

Croatia will face France in their first-ever World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Monday morning at 1:00am AEST.

Coming just seven weeks after Liverpool's defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev, Lovren has used it to hit back at his critics.

"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said.

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Dejan Lovren has had more than his fair share of criticism in recent years but, to be fair to the centre-half, not many people can say they've made it to the Champions League final and the World Cup final in the same year.

Speaking to BeIN SPORTS, he said: "I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".

Speaking of the experience as a whole, Lovren says it is one that the tiny European nation will always remember. "I wish we could both be in the final for that game but there is only one victor".

"This is something we'll never forget. Now we've got a chance to do something better on Sunday".

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The booing and whistles rang out each time Vida touched the ball in the semifinal against England, starting about 30 minutes into the first half.

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. Then in extra-time, we showed we still had the energy to play our game.

Croatia's participation in Monday's final will mark a remarkable staging post in the journey of one of its key players Dejan Lovren, who experienced life as a child refugee in the 1990s after fleeing war-torn Bosnia.

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