Lovren ready for Kane test

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Lovren ready for Kane test

Asked about the game by one reporter, Lovren told the Mirror: "I don't know what to say in response to this question, it's completely irrelevant, that 4-1 defeat".

England's defender Harry Maguire (L) and England's forward Harry Kane react to their defeat at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday.

"We had our chances to win it before the extra time, but Croatia played great. We said we want to write our own history and hopefully we can go one step further and get to the final".

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of the semi-final to secure a 2-1 win after extra-time in Moscow. There are a lot of ifs and buts, in these games it's small margins. The England captain accepted that they had retreated too deep in the second half, allowing Croatia to mount the recovery that propelled them into Sunday's final against France.

"We can all see the difference he has made for England, not only with his goals but also because of his great movement, which creates so many chances for team-mates". There's a lot we could have done better.

"I'm proud to make ex-players proud and I'm sure it's bringing back memories for them".

"It's an experience for us", said the Everton stopper. "It's going to be a hard task for all of us".

Kane scored 41 goals in 48 games in all competitions for the Lilywhites last season and signed a new six-year contract at the club earlier this summer.

"We have to show pride and passion which we have".

Kane and Dele Alli, two of five Tottenham players in the current squad, were part of England's doomed Euro 2016 campaign, but they can expect a far more welcoming reception regardless of how their Russian adventure ends.

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