World Cup: Croatia kicks England out, Modric fires back at English Media

England’s World Cup run came to an end on Wednesday during a semi final match against Croatia.

Croatia defeated the Three Lions in a 2-1 win as Mario Mandzukic scored an extra-time goal to the dismay of both English fans and players.

For England, the defeat was the fourth consecutive loss at the semi-final stage in a major tournament.

The Three Lions have not succeeded in the last four since their successful run to the 1966 World Cup.

In the 1968 European Championship, England lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia, then again on penalties to Germany in both the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championship.

The last time England made it past the semifinals came with a 2-1 win against Portugal in the 1966 World Cup, a tournament England won with a 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final.

Modric fires back at English Media

The captain of the unbeatable Croatian team, Luka Modric, slammed the English media for belittling his squad.

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Speaking to journalists after leading his team to a win against the Three Lions, Modric said his side deserved to make it to the World Cup final.

“English journalists and pundits on television were talking prior to this match about us being tired, being the walking dead”, the Real Madrid star told beIN SPORTS

Much was made of Croatia’s gruelling run to the semi-final with their previous two games going to penalties, but Modric, 32, said the team used talk about them being tired as a motivation.

“Those words from them gave us even more eagerness to prove them wrong. They should be more humble and respectful.

“When you play a semi-final, it is impossible to be tired. You know how much is at stake. We showed that. Apart from against Argentina, that was our best game.”

Croatia also made the semi-finals in 1998, when they lost to eventual winners France, and Modric says his team deserved to go one better and reach Sunday’s decider.

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“It means everything. It’s a dream come true for us, and all of Croatia,” he said.

“No-one gave us a chance before this World Cup, but with our quality, desire, togetherness and fighting spirit we have shown throughout the tournament, we are in the final.

“I think we deserve to be there. From the first goal they scored at the beginning, we dominated the game completely. We were much better technically and physically than England.”

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