Dejan Lovren: A child refugee

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Croatia defender Domagoj Vida apologized after his team's 2-1 extra time win over England in the World Cup semifinals on Wednesday for comments in support of Russia's neighbor Ukraine.

Born to Croatian parents in the Bosnian city of Zenica, Lovren was forced to flee to Germany at just three when the Bosnian War broke out in 1992.

Sometimes, the criticism (of me) is unfair and people should respect me also.

A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as flawless for Croatia's biggest ever game.

After Croatia's quarterfinal victory over Russian Federation, a video was posted online showing Vida, a former player with Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv, saying "Glory to Ukraine!"

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Lovren will be granted an extended break after Sunday's final against France and report back to Liverpool in close proximity to the start of the Premier League campaign on August 12.

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Lovren, who plays his club football with Liverpool in the Premier League, has often been a target of critics since joining the Reds from Southampton in the summer of 2014.

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

"We will never forget this". We beat our record from 20 years ago. At the moment it's all good and we don't have to make decisions.

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

He added that Croatia captain Luka Modric was "one of the best midfield players in the world", and deserved to win the Ballon d'Or should Croatia win the World Cup.

"90 per cent of the time he played outstanding, 95 per cent absolutely OK, and five per cent probably he was not at his best. In extra time we showed we are still able with the fatigue to play our game".

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