Dejan Lovren "will not apologise" to Croatia coach Ante Cacic

Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring his team's second goal in the League Cup Fourth Round football match against Swansea City on November 13, 2014
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Dejan Lovren refuses to apologise to Croatia manager Ante Cacic for a row during the recent international break.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has refused to apologise to Croatia manager Ante Cacic for a row during the recent international break.

The 26-year-old has also insisted that he will not travel to Euro 2016 unless he is guaranteed a starting spot in the team following the dispute, which saw Cacic accuse Lovren of not warming up for a friendly against Hungary.

Cacic said at the time: "I will not tolerate such behaviour because no-one is more important than the team. Lovren made a step backward, away from our squad. We didn't talk after the match, we will see what is going to happen, but I will not tolerate such acts and he made a wrong move."

Speaking to Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, a defiant Lovren refused to back down as he gave his version of the incident in Budapest.

"I will not apologise, I will either travel to France as a starting player or I am not going," he said. "I always get angry when the media comes out with half-truths so, to tell you what happened, the conditioning coach came to me and told me to go and warm up for 10 to 15 minutes. I said okay and I started to warm up. After 15 minutes, when I finished warming up, I began to get cold because I didn't have a jacket so went back to the bench.

"Then, after a minute, the fitness coach comes again and asks me, 'So why did you sit on the bench?' I told him he said to warm up for 10 to 15 minutes and I did it. Then he immediately said that to Cacic. Look, nobody in the world does not work [after] such long warming up. At Liverpool, when warmed up, we enter the game or after 15 minutes go back to the bench.

"I was told I would play the second half in Budapest. I was ready and also, the coach said we will all get a chance. And I didn't."

Croatia have been drawn against Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic in Group D at the tournament in France.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric celebrates scoring for Croatia on August 16, 2006.
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