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Croatian midfielder Luka Modric says the English media underestimated Croatia, adding that his side used this as encouragement for their win over England.

England were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday in Moscow, thanks to Mario Mandzukic’s goal in extra-time.

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The Real Madrid superstar noted that the English should be more humble and respectful ahead of games.

Modric told ITV: “We proved everything differently that people were talking. 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.’ As I said, they should be more humble, and respect opponents more. That’s it.”