Croatia's Luka Modric criticises England's media as disrespectful

Croatia's Luka Modric criticises England's media as disrespectful

But on the night, Croatia's extra midfield quality deservedly took them to a first-ever World Cup final.

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic scores their second goal in their 2-1 win in their semifinal against England.

After 4 minutes of added time, Croatia made it to the finals for the first time in FIFA World Cup finals. What a way to open his goalscoring account for England.

England arrived at this World Cup with the least experienced squad in terms of caps, but Southgate said the agony of losing was just as strong despite surpassing limited expectations.

Croatia had been desperately poor but started to get a foothold in the game as the match rolled past the hour mark and Luka Modric's influence grew. He hardly had touches in the first half as the English men did well to cut off passing lanes leading to him.

"We should kill the game even before extra time, and this is an incredible achievement for us".

England are out of the World Cup and Roy Keane is reminding everyone when they should be happy. Defender Sime Vrsaljko lofted a pass toward England's goal. The goal breaks the record of 8 set piece goals which was jointly held by England and Portugal in 1996. I can't tell you how proud I am to share the dressing room with these players.


England's Jesse Lingard in action with Croatia's Ivan Strinic.

Thankfully, it looks like no photojournalists were injured in the celebration of Mandzukic's goal.

In beating Gareth Southgate's young team, Croatia - taken to extra-time for a third consecutive match - have surpassed the achievements of the heroes of 1998, who reached the semifinals in France.

In the end, the Croats did more to win. I'm excited to be part of this team and the challenge to improve going forward.

England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner. Belgium will play England in the third place play-off a day before the final. The whole thing is beyond where we thought we might go.

On Saturday, when England beat Sweden to reach the semi-finals, riot police were called into the seaside city to contain some rowdy supporters. But this English team won't be returning from Russian Federation with the proverbial tail between the legs.

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying 'OK, today we will see who will be exhausted.' As I said, they should be more humble, and respect opponents more".

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