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17th Nov 2018

Croatia boss to speak to Dejan Lovren about Sergio Ramos comments

Simon Lloyd

Dejan Lovren will be spoken to by his national team coach after comments made about Sergio Ramos after Croatia’s Nations League win over Spain last week

Croatia beat Spain 3-2, courtesy of a stoppage time winner from Tin Jedvan. After the win, which sets up a tantalising Uefa Nations League game with England on Sunday, Lovren appeared to criticise the Real Madrid captain on a post made to his Instagram story.

‘Go ahead and talk now buddy. Buddy! They are a bunch of p******,’ Lovren reportedly said.

Another post on his Instagram also showed Ramos holding his head after being caught by his elbow during the game. When one of Lovren’s followers asked if the incident had been a form of revenge for Mo Salah, whose Champions League final was cut short after the Egyptian injured his shoulder after a tussle with Ramos last May, the 29-year-old responded with a heart emoji.

While it remains unclear whether Uefa will take disciplinary action against Lovren for his comments, Zlatko Dalic has revealed that he will be having words with the defender.

“I will talk personally with Dejan,” he said ahead of the game on Sunday. “But that will stay between us and the squad. I don’t want to talk publicly about this.”

The game at Wembley is a League A Group 4 decider. Should England win, they will progress to next summer’s finals. Victory  for Croatia, who also beat them in the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, will see them relegated from the group.