Captain of Croatian national team, Luca Modric, has rebuked the English press and pundits for underestimating his team before their semifinal clash with the Three Lions of England.
Modric said this on Wednesday night after his country beat England 2-1 in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 32-year-old captain spoke to ITV Sport after the match, where he 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.
According to Dailymail UK, 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.
According to Modric; “Especially 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’.
“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 who has shown exceptional performance in the ongoing tournament is now just a victory (over France) away from lifting the biggest prize in world football.
He further said; “This is an amazing achievement for us. 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.”
Daily Mail UK