It's been 20 years since Croatia not only burst onto the World Cup scene, but also since they advanced beyond the group stages and achieved their best result by reaching the quarterfinals.
Each year anticipation has grown as to whether Croatia's squad will finally meet the expectations set in France two decades ago.
However, 28-year-old Croatian and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren points out Croatia hasn't been doing too badly at all given the size of the country.
"We are a small country, only four million people and we have big talent in our squad," he told CNN Sport in an exclusive interview.
"You look at which payers (are) playing and (from what) teams, it's quite amazing."
With Croatia failing to advance beyond the group stages since 1998, the pressure is on -- and their section is a tough one. Croatia will face Nigeria on June 16, Argentina on June 21 and Iceland on June 26.
"To be part of the World Cup is already an achievement but we believe in our quality and we know that we if can get through the group stages we can go far," Lovren said.
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