Croatia was supposed to be a exhausted team coming into the match. Before the game, Lovren was asked about Liverpool's 4-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur in October, when he was terrorised by Harry Kane and substituted after 31 minutes.
Croatia and Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric slammed the English media after he helped his nation beat Gareth Southgate's Three Lions 2-1 after extra time in the second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday.
"There will in time be a lot of positives to take", he added. But then midway through the second half, Croatia struck.
At the other end, Perisic had a shot on target blocked by Kyle Walker but it two minutes later there was no stopping Perisic as he volleyed volleyd home a cross from Vrsaljko on the right.
Croatia's Ivan Perisic scores to make it 1-1.
Croatia have been taken to penalties twice in the knockout stages and again had to endure extra time against England.
They will take on favourites France at 1am Monday morning Australian eastern time, while Belgium play England at midnight on Saturday night in the third placed playoff.
But he is yet to fully convince and win the trust of everyone, and is still susceptible to occasional errors, highlighted by his stray pass that allowed Russian Federation a chance to go clear on goal in the closing minutes of the quarter-final.
But Ivan Perisic grabbed the equaliser in the 68th minute, getting an outstretched boot to Sime Vrsaljko's cross and guiding the ball past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
For English soccer fans used to painful World Cup exits, the semifinal loss hurt. But this English team won't be returning from Russian Federation with the proverbial tail between the legs.
"We are where we are as a team", Southgate told ITV Sport. It's been a fantastic journey.
England boss Gareth Southgate - on the day that was dubbed Waistcoat Wednesday in his honour back home - named an unchanged side to face Croatia, while Zlatko Dalić surprisingly made just one change from the side that beat Russian Federation on penalties in the quarter-final, bringing in midfield Marcelo Brozović for striker Andrej Kramarić.
England can soothe itself with realistic hopes of World Cup success in the near future.