By North-west correspondent
Dejan Lovren could miss Euro 2016 after a row with the Croatia manager during the international break.
The Liverpool defender has found his place in the national team in jeopardy after coming in for criticism from Ante Cacic.
Lovren was among the substitutes in Croatia’s friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday night, which finished 1-1, and was told by Cacic to warm up with the rest of the players on the bench.
But the defender decided to end his warm-up early and return to the bench, much to the anger of his manager, who condemned the centre-back’s attitude afterwards.
“He did not refuse to get on the pitch because no one invited him to come on,” Cacic told Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, as reported by Goal. “But do you think it is up to Lovren or any other player to decide how long will he warm up? Or is it [the] coach’s decision?
“Also, I didn’t specifically tell him to warm up, I told all the benched players because it was cold in Budapest. So all of them went to warm up.
“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.”
Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring for Croatia in the draw, before Balazs Dzsudzsak equalised for the hosts with a free-kick.
Lovren, 26, who has won 30 international caps, has been a regular for Croatia ahead of Euro 2016 as the team prepares for a group that also includes Spain, Turkey and Czech Republic.
In other Liverpool news, manager Jurgen Klopp is waiting for updates on the fitness of four key attackers ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham.