Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

England midfielder Jordan Henderson (right) and coach Gareth Southgate inspect the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

Harry Kane has been England's focal point in the World Cup.

The fact that this particular England team is the one to reach the semi-finals and not the so-called "Golden Generation" of Lampard/Beckham/Gerrard/Rooney/Scholes etc.is, perhaps, an intriguing one for England fans but suggests that this group is far more of a unit than previous incarnations of the Three Lions. The commercial broadcaster has been sharing rights to the tournament with the BBC and secured the semifinal match after BBC One aired England's quarterfinal victory over Sweden.

After that the title stayed in South America through friendlies, World Cup qualifiers and two Copa Americas and Peru eventually won it by beating Bolivia in a qualifier. "It is a game that is very evenly matched, we know what we want to do and we have to focus on our preparation and make sure that we control the controllables as we have attempted to do for every game", the manager said.

Lovren has featured in all five of Croatia's World Cup games so far and played the entirely of the team's two knockout fixtures with Denmark and Russian Federation that went to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play. I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off.

Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches.

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For those unfamiliar (do we really need to explain this?), this basically means that the victor of a game remains the champion until they are beaten by another challenger, who then automatically inherits their title. Croatian players surrounded the ref for a corner kick appeal because it appeared to be deflected off of Kyle Walker's boot, but it was a goal kick. We do not want to say we are worn out.

"This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

Croatia dazzled their way through the group stages, but were less impressive in the knockout stages and needed penalty shootouts to knock out Denmark in the round of 16 and Russian Federation in the quarterfinals.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps.

One of his biggest criticisms came in 2013 when he sent of Manchester United's Nani during a Champions League quarter-final match against Real Madrid.

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