FIFA World Cup 2018: Biggest success in Croatian history, says Luka Modric
Midfield maestro Luka Modric hails his side's fighting spirit in thrilling 2-1 World Cup semis win over England after being tagged underdogs; wants critics to be humble and show respect
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. "Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight," Modric said.
Croatia defender Lovren (centre) celebrates with teammates after the final whistle is blown
Modric, 32, has dazzled in Russia and is now just a victory over France away from lifting the biggest prize in world football. "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," he said.
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