Faced with the hard task of matching up against Kane once more, Lovren said he enjoyed taking on the world's best as he looks to showcase his talent on a huge stage. The 24-year-old with six goals leads the golden boot race and is the captain of a team that has switched unexpectations with a fairy-tale story. 'I'm saying centre forward, I'm not saying the best player, I'm not saying he's Messi, Ronaldo whatever, but as an out and out striker, the leader of the line. You're never going to read anything about him that's going to be bad news. "He's a proper good guy".
"It's wonderful because I was one of those kids growing up who wanted to play for England so to be here now, leading this team out, I'm so proud".
Belgium were excellent against Brazil but I am anxious that game might have been their performance of this World Cup.
Misfiring Olivier Giroud making unwanted World Cup history for France
My job is to be good on the pitch, to represent France as well as possible. "At that time I didn't know him but now he's been playing for a year and a half".
"It's not the same if you play two 90-minute games, but I believe we have had ample time to recover, and we are professional enough to know who needs what in terms of recovery", he said.
Hurst believes Gareth Southgate's side can match their finest hour and go all the way in Russian Federation, and Kane admits the support from such England greats is further incentive to succeed.
"Yes, Croatia looked dreadfully exhausted in their last game, but it's late in the tournament for us as well", Hoddle told talkSPORT. "Over the past several days, we've enjoyed it even more because we know what's been going on back at home". Anything can happen then. I think we'll run out of legs a little bit. As we have seen before when they have reached this stage of a major tournament, their success has a wider significance and their football team is seen as a symbol of a united France. Plus I think they have got a lot left in the tank. "A bit of a stronger squad, we can bring subs on that would be stronger than theirs".