Speaking to BeIN SPORTS, he said: "I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".
"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".
Croatia was missing three key players at training on Monday ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final showdown with England. "People are crying in our country", he added.
He continued: 'This is something we will never forget. In extra time we showed that we are still able with the fatigue to play our game. We've had this weight on our shoulders all the time, and now people will never forget us. And Lovren insists they are not scared for the French, who will be favourites to fit the trophy for the second time, 20 years after beating the Croats in the last four.
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"We have the chance to do something better, and hopefully we can do it on Sunday".
"It was a tough first half". We couldn't control the ball or control situations.
But there is a major doubt over the participation of Vrsaljko, who hobbled off with a knee injury in extra-time during the quarter-final win over Russian Federation in Sochi.
Speaking to beIN Sport following the game, the much maligned Liverpool defender claimed that he is one of the world's best.
One player Lovren insists should garner the respect of football fans worldwide is compatriot and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, urging FIFA to recognise his achievements and award him the Ballon d'Or.