Dejan Lovren’s fallout with Croatia’s boss Ante Cacic will result in him missing Euro 2016, not selected in the provisional 27 man squad announced yesterday, BBC reports.
The 27-year-old has long been an international regular, but will watch his compatriots from the sofa this summer due to a series of incidents at the end of qualification.
The row began at the end of March, when according to Cacic, Lovren disobeyed instructions to warmup when a substitute during a friendly, before both parties lashed out in the media.
After releasing his squad, Cacic hit out at Lovren again, rubbing salt in an already open wound.
“I haven’t closed the door on Lovren for good,” he began.
“He can return one day if he realises that he has to be a team player.”
“When it dawns on him that he can’t look down on his team-mates, the staff and the coach, he will perhaps find a way to get back in.”
Lovren has won 31 caps for Croatia, but while Cacic remains at the helm, he looks unlikely to add to that, despite his superb Liverpool form.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Lovren has transformed himself from a nervous, blundering defender to the first centre-back on our team-sheet and a lynchpin of the side.
We’re sure Lovren is disappointed, but from a Liverpool perspective, he’ll now get a proper rest and will have more time with Klopp during our pre-season – which is positive going into next term.