After France beat Belgium 1-0 in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday night to book their place in the World Cup final, the attention now turns to the other semi-final as England take on Croatia. - Croatia scored two headers in its last match against Russian Federation - only one of its previous 29 World Cup goals was scored via a header.
Croatia's squad has an average age of 27.9 while England, along with France, are the second youngest squad at the World Cup behind Nigeria at 26.
Lovren was not impressed when he was reminded of that day by an English reporter. We feel proud and happy we are in the semifinals, but we do not want to stop there.
The men's World Cup soccer tournament is down to the final two games. - Mario Mandzukic assisted Andrej Kramaric's goal against Russian Federation in the quarterfinal - he has been involved in four goals at the World Cup finals for Croatia (3 goals, 1 assist), with only Davor Suker involved in more (6).
Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches. Manager Zlatko Dalic described the physical toll of such a long, stressful game.
"We experienced the extra time and penalties (against Colombia) and we know the physical and emotional effect of that", he said. We have to recover now.
Asked what he would be demanding from his players, the England coach told ITV: "To be able to keep doing what we have been doing, play with real defensive discipline, good organisation, tactical awareness". We got this far.
Although Croatia are the most hard opponent England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate's words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel. "We're not going to stop". According to Odds Shark, England's money-line odds were set at +138 while Croatia was +200. Many supporters are viewing this match as England's chance of revenge. Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol, however, predicted a 2-1 victory for Croatia.
Gareth Southgate's side brushed aside Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to set up a first last-four showdown since 1990, when they were dumped out on penalties by West Germany. Four of five experts at ESPN, meanwhile, predicted England would win.