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Liverpool defender Lovren on wrong side of Croatia boss leaving Euro2016 hopes in question

Dejan Lovren's hopes of making Croatia's squad for Euro2016 have been dampened.

The Liverpool defender is embroiled in a row with national team boss Ante Cacic after failing to warm-up during the weekend's friendly draw with Hungary in Budapest.

26-year-old centre-back Lovren was asked to performer some run-throughs behind the touchline with the other Croatian subs but quickly returned to the dugout and sat down with permission.

This enraged Cacic who teed off on Lovren afterwards, indicating that the 31-time international took a huge step away from playing at this summer's European Championships.

"I will not tolerate such behaviour because no one is more important than the team. Lovren made a step backward, away from our squad," he said.

"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.

"Do you think it is up to Lovren or any other player to decide how long will he warm up? Or is it coach's decision?"

Croatia have been drawn alongside Spain, the Czech Republic and Turkey in Group D of the France tournament which kicks off on June 10.

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