The Liverpool defender has eloquently explained how the country produces such excellent players from such a small population
Dejan Lovren believes Croatia’s incredible feat of reaching the World Cup final is down to good genes.
Croatia, with a population of 4.1 million, around half the size of London, defeated England 2-1 after extra time on Wednesday to reach the showpiece against France this Sunday.
Lovren was able to shackle Harry Kane for the majority of the 120 minutes, and was asked after the game how Croatia have so much talent within their ranks.
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Indeed, both Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, have confirmed their status as two of the best midfielders in the world, while Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic have also seen their stock rise.
And the Liverpool defender cheekily said that it has something to do with the parents across the country.
“I would say we have good mothers and fathers, they are making good love I would say,” he joked.
France, who beat Belgium in their semi-final, have a population 16 times that of Croatia, and Lovren has rather eloquently summed up his country’s tumultuous history.
“We went through a lot of s**t,” he said.