"From my point of view, people said I had a hard season but I don't agree", he said.
"People are crying, they are happy in our country - this is something historical for us", Lovren said.
"I think people should recognise that I am one of the best defenders in the world and not just talk nonsense".More news: Love Island SPOILER: Jack accuses Idris of playing games after Laura bombshell
Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom. "We couldn't control the ball or control situations", said Lovren.
"This is something we will never forget".
"We will never forget this". Before this game they said we are exhausted but we showed in extra-time we had fresher legs than them. We beat our record from 20 years ago.
If Lovren and his team-mates can control Mbappe and manage the alternative threats of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann on Sunday in Moscow, Croatia will have a genuine chance of pulling off a victory.
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"They had also good chances, but second half we did it much, much better".
"But we enjoy to play against big teams, as we showed against Argentina, and have nothing to lose".
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.
He added: "Today everyone in Croatia and around the world knows that we managed to make history".More news: Teenage Girl Arrested for Posting Dance Videos on Instagram