Dejan Lovren is anticipating a fiery contest between Croatia and England in their Nations League clash on Sunday.
The Liverpool defender, 29, was part of Croatia's squad throughout its remarkable run to the World Cup final, as it eliminated England in the semifinals in Russia.
Both teams know a win at Wembley will see them top League A's Group 4 and advance to the finals of the new competition, and Lovren is relishing the prospect of coming up against the Three Lions in another high-stakes encounter.
"It's a final against England, so of course we will be strong," he was quoted as saying by The Daily Mirror.
"I think it will be a fiery game against them – they know us and what they can expect from us, and we will not run away from that.
"I love playing against England. I know the players in the Premier League and I have competed against them."
Both sides met earlier in the Nations League as they played out a goalless draw behind closed doors last month in Rijeka, and Lovren feels recent history will give Croatia plenty of belief.
"People criticise me, but they didn't say much when England didn't score against us in the last game," he said.
"They will have extra motivation after the World Cup, but I think we will be brave.
"It will not be a friendly. We have beaten Spain and we want to win it now."
Spain can still top the group, despite its last-gasp 3-2 defeat to Croatia on Thursday.
A goalless draw between the sides would see Croatia relegated, while any score draw will see England drop out of League A.
- Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023 LIVE Score, Round 4: Padikkal powers Karnataka to 7 wicket win over Bihar ; TN, Mumbai, Saurashtra, Bengal register wins
- Indian sports news wrap, November 29
- New skipper Masood wants Pakistan to ‘change history’ on Australia tour
- Champions League 2023: Early qualification delights Atletico coach Simeone
- BCCI extends contract of India head coach Rahul Dravid and support staff