Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

"It's something we'll never forget".

Lovren added that Luka Modric should be in line to win the Ballon d'Or following his excellent performances for Croatia, if they manage to beat France in Sunday's final.

Lovren said: "This is something we will never forget".

"This generation has been underrated for a long time but they have shown their qualities when it matters, and they will go down in history as a great generation that has come close to the "bronze Vatreni" of 1998".

Subasic suffered a tight hamstring towards the end of Croatia's quarter-final win over hosts Russian Federation and was unable to take goal-kicks before the tie went to penalties. And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four. "Probably nobody would go to work!"

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.

"It's not just the English press, I am talking about the criticism from the beginning".

"Why didn't you ask me about when I played well?"

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

"He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League", the defender told United Kingdom newspapers.

But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.

"We want players to be 100 per cent but we will see after training".

"This feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game. We need all the players, but those on the pitch must be fully fit".

  • Stacy Allen