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Croatia's Manager & Luka Modric Lay Into English 'Experts' After Win

Croatia's Manager & Luka Modric Lay Into English 'Experts' After Win

In the wake of England's World Cup semi-final defeat this evening, much is being made of the grand effort Gareth Southgate's men exuded in equaling the nation's best World Cup result since winning in 1966. With the exception of Roy Keane, few were paying Croatia their dues (immediately, anyway) - and Luka Modric is not surprised.

One of the best players on the pitch this evening, the former Tottenham Hotspur man spoke after tonight's victory, unimpressed as he was with the pre-match hype surrounding Croatia's opponents tonight:

English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake.

All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying 'ok, today we will see who will be tired.'

Suggesting that the English media should have been more 'humble' in the build up to this evening's clash, and 'respected their opponents.'

Modric's national team coach Zlatko Dalic was equally unimpressed with how the pre-match narrative had been so shaped in England's favour.

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They were not the only one's laying the boot into their presumptuous opponents.

Set to take on France in Sunday's World Cup final, the Croats will be well aware that they are a force to be reckoned with.

As many more are suspecting tonight, given his success with Real Madrid this season in claiming a third successive Champions League, a win may well be enough for Luka Modric to break the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or.

You can watch all of Modric's post-match interview and more here.

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