Croatia were 'underestimated' by English pundits - Modric

Croatia were 'underestimated' by English pundits - Modric

With only European football (soccer) teams left in the running to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France and England are considered front-runners, according to data provided by Russia's Public Opinion Research Center.

"I think for the Croatia team, our biggest pressure was beating Denmark in the last 16. We want to bring a medal home and see how it shines". It's an fantastic achievement for us, it's a dream come true after such a long time.

Neither of those overall performances, however, were worthy of potential World Cup winners, nor did they seem to do justice to the quality of Croatia's line-up, which is one of the most gifted in Russian Federation.

Modric said Subasic told him that the injury should not be a major factor as Croatia prepare for their semifinal. But he saved fantastically the first shot in the shootout. But it doesn't bother me what others say.

"I felt really relieved".

Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric deserves to be in contention for the World Cup's Golden Ball award according to teammate Mario Mandzukic. "I remember when we celebrated Suker's goal but as soon as we sat back down it was level".

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Croatia take on England on Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.

However, despite Croatia's Manager admitting his side were exhausted after going to penalties two games in a row, Zlatko Dalic said "there will be no excuses".

France and Croatia will square off this Sunday, July 15 in Moscow for the chance to be called world champion. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".

He said: "I don't read what is going on in England, I am reading about my own country after each game".

"There were times when we lacked energy: 240 minutes of football in six days takes its toll on you", said Modric who, like Mandzukic and Rakitic, is into his thirties.