Dejan Lovren

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Half a million people turned up in Zagreb for the Croatia team’s homecoming following the World Cup in Russia. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Charlie was the first to go. Vedran Corluka, who goes by that nickname, announced his international retirement on August 10th via his Instagram accoun(...)

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez blazes a penalty over the bar during their 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Liverpool 0 Manchester City 0 When the story comes to be told of the 2018-19 season it will be an oddity that the first heavyweight contest between t(...)

Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores his side’s second goal during the Carabao Cup third round match against Liverpool at Anfield. Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1 The first instalment of Chelsea’s double-header with Liverpool may lack the significance of the Premier League clash at Stamfor(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric and manager Zlatko Dalic celebrate after their 2018 World Cup semi-final win over England in Moscow. Photo: Mladen Antonov/Getty Images

England should have shown more humility, Luka Modric told ITV. Somewhere a few feet away Dejan Lovren was announcing himself as one of the world’s bes(...)

Harry Kane watches Dejan Lovren clear his lines with a header. Photograph: Getty Images

Dejan Lovren demanded respect — for himself and for Croatia — after outlasting England to win a place in the World Cup final. The Liverpool defender (...)

 Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring the winning goal in their World Cup semi-final against England having earlier been dragged off in agony. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. England’s plan was working perfectly until the 65th minute here in Moscow, when that fateful(...)

Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia beat Russia in their penalty shootout in Sochi. Photograph: Reuters/Carl Recine

Dejan Lovren replied in the only way that he could in the circumstances. Asked whether he was looking forward to playing against Harry Kane in Wednesd(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric, a product of Dinamo Zagreb, in action against Denmark during the last 16 match  the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP

The Anderlecht academy has been the subject of renewed interest this week and a Belgian side littered with products of the club’s youth development s(...)

Christian Eriksen and Luka Modric will clash on Sunday as Denmark face Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand and Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Sunday July 1st, Croatia v Denmark (Nizhny Novgorod, 7.0pm, RTÉ2/ITV) Croatia go into Sunday’s last-16 match against Denmark with a 100 percent recor(...)

Croatia’s Ivan Perisic celebrates scoring their second goal during the 2018 World Cup Group D win over Iceland. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Iceland 1 Croatia 2 For the briefest of moments the Icelandic dream had flickered. Gylfi Sigurdsson had shown the kind of courage that has come to be(...)

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