Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

'They make good love in Croatia!' - Lovren explains incredible talent pool

The Tottenham full-back's free-kick gave England an early lead in their World Cup semi-final against Croatia The Tottenham full-back's free-kick gave England an early lead in their World Cup semi-final against Croatia
Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 12:28

Given they arrived in Russian Federation as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team. But we aren't going to make excuses.

The signing of a world class goalkeeper remains the primary target for Liverpool this summer, particularly following Loris Karius' high profile mistakes in the Champions League final at the end of May.

"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".

"Now we have a new benchmark, a new level of expectation, a new scenario". I couldn't be prouder with what they've done. For me, that's what sport should be about. But when you've got to this point and played as well as we have. you want to take these opportunities in life. The players have played and conducted themselves in a manner that has absolutely done that.

"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".

"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said. I'm sure everybody will be looking forward to it.

In a sea of England jerseys, there was one lone Croatia shirt in the packed pub - two Croatian fans in total, who embraced in a hug after their momentous win. "A lot of them have been involved in important matches".

That's proved to be the case, although they have relied on large part on grit and determination to see them through the knockout stages, beating Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties before seeing off England in extra time.

"It was a very hard game".

"We managed to get through that and regain our composure". "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere".

Croatia, meanwhile, has played an extra game given the three 30-minute extra times they've participated in.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, told the Three Lions the whole country is behind them.