‘They underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake’: Luka Modric rebukes English media after World Cup semi-final victory over England
- England were defeated 2-1 by Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup
- REPORT: Mario Mandzukic breaks England’s hearts with extra-time winner
- Luka Modric said detractors ‘should be more humble’ after Croatia’s victory
- The Real Madrid man will lead Croatia into their first ever World Cup final
- Croatia take on France in the final in Moscow on Sunday afternoon
Luka Modric issued a withering rebuke to English journalists and pundits who had ‘underestimated’ Croatia after his team’s World Cup semi-final victory over the Three Lions.
The skipper said detractors ‘should be more humble’ and show greater respect after his side’s 2-1 extra-time win shattered England’s dreams of glory in Russia.
Modric, who will on Sunday lead Croatia into their first ever World Cup final, suggested his team had set out to prove a point after noting unfavourable views aired by critics prior to Wednesday’s match.
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Luka Modric will lead Croatia into their first ever World Cup final after they beat England 2-1
‘Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake,’ Modric told ITV Sport.
‘All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired’.
‘And like I said they should be more humble and respect more opponents.
‘But we showed again that we we not tired, we dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects.’
Modric claimed it was a ‘huge mistake’ that English media ‘underestimated Croatia’
The Real Madrid midfielder, 32, has dazzled in Russia and is now just a victory over France away from lifting the biggest prize in world football.
It would be a momentous occasion for Croatia, whose previous best performance was a semi-final loss to France in 1998.
‘This is an amazing achievement for us,’ he said. ‘It’s a dream come true after such a long time.
‘We are in the final. It is the biggest success in Croatian history in sport and we have to be proud.’
The midfielder will lead Croatia into their first ever World Cup final, where they play France
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