Sport Modric blasts English journalists for lack of ‘respect’

13:20  12 july  2018
13:20  12 july  2018 Source:   football365.com

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Luka Modric has accused English journalists and pundits of showing a “ lack of respect ” to Croatia’s players and admitted his team-mates had used criticism to motivate them to victory over England in their World Cup semi-final.

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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.

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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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" English journalists , pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake," a passionate Modric told ITV Sport. "And like I said they should be more humble and respect more opponents.

Croatia captain Luka Modric suggests England lost due to Croatia's extra motivation gained from lack of respect from English press. We proved everything different than people were talking especially English journalists , pundits from television.

"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 were not tired, we dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects."

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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 England . The Real Madrid star said detractors "should be more humble" and show greater respect after his side's 2-1 extra-time win

LACK OF RESPECT : The former Tottenham player was not happy. “They should be more humble and respect more opponents”. Luka Modric . He told ITV after the match: "We dominated the game physically, mentally, in all aspects. " English journalists , pundits from television

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."

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