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'I Am One Of The Best Defenders In The World!'

A Croatia international, who featured in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final in May, believes his performances over the past few months prove that he is "one of the best defenders in the world".

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Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren has had his fair share of critics, but on Wednesday, he played a key role in his country's 2-1 extra-time win over England in the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

After the match in Moscow, Lovren hit back at those who have questioned his ability.

"I heard people saying I had a difficult season but I don't agree with that," the 29-year-old told beIN SPORTS.

"I took Liverpool to the final of the Champions League, and now with my national team, we are in the (World Cup) final.

"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense."

Lovren also called for his national team captain Luka Modric to be crowned the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner after leading the country to their first ever World Cup final.

"This is something we will never forget. People are crying, they are happy in our country. This is something historic for us. People will never forget us," he added.

"It was quite tough first half, we couldn't control the ball, and they had some chances, but in the second half, we did much better. In extra time, we showed that we are still able, with the fatigue, to play our game.

"Modric is not one of the best, (he is) the best midfield player in the world, and if we win this World Cup, he deserves the Ballon d'Or."

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Would you say Lovren is one of the best defenders in the world right now? Have your say in the comments section below.

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