Modric: Spain and Italy are favourites but we can spoil their plans

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is well aware that Slaven Bilic's men will be up against it in Poland and Ukraine, but he has faith in his side's ability
 GREECE 10 24
 CROATIA 10 22
 ISRAEL 10 16
 LATVIA 10 11
 GEORGIA 10 10
 MALTA 10 1
*Croatia secured qualification with a play-off victory over Turkey

Luka Modric
freely admits that Croatia are in one of the toughest groups at Euro 2012, but the playmaker is adamant that his country can spring a surprise or two in Poland and Ukraine.

Slaven Bilic's side have been drawn alongside defending champions Spain, 2006 World Cup winners Italy and Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland.

Still, while Modric acknowledges that Croatia have it all to do if they are to reach the knockout stages, the midfield schemer believes they are capable of defying the odds.

"Everybody knows we're in a tough group," the Tottenham Hotspur star conceded during a press conference on Wednesday.

"The Irish are a fanatical football nation and they have a very good team with many experienced Premier League players.

"The Italians and the Spanish were world champions in 2006 and 2010. They are the favourites, but we will try to spoil their plans."

Croatia kick off their campaign against the Irish in Poznan on June 10.