Luka Modric celebrating after 2-1 win against England
32-year-old Real Madrid star, Luka Modric, on Wednesday night rebuked English journalists and pundits who had 'underestimated' Croatia after his team's 2-1 World Cup semi-final victory over the Three Lions of England.
While speaking to ITV Sport after the match, the captain 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.
Modric claimed it was a 'huge mistake' that English media 'underestimated Croatia'
He said; '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 dazzled in Russia, is now just a victory (over France) away from lifting the biggest prize in world football.
Strong words from Luka Modric post-match:
"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'" pic.twitter.com/Rxyv4WA03c— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 11, 2018
It would be a momentous occasion for Croatia, whose previous best performance was a semi-final loss to France in 1998.
He 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.'Source:https://www.tori.ng/news/101268/underestimating-croatia-was-a-huge-mistake-modric.html