'We felt they disrespected Croatia' - Modric hits out at English media again

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The star midfielder again claimed the English press gave his team an extra push ahead of the World Cup semi-final

Croatia captain Luka Modric believes the English media provided his country with extra motivation to beat the Three Lions in the World Cup semi-final.

While England jumped out to an early lead thanks to Kieran Trippier, Croatia battled back and eventually triumphed in extra-time, booking a trip to the final where they were eventually were defeated by France.

Modric hit out at the English media for his belief his country had been disrepcted in the lead up to the semi-final.

Ahead of their rematch in the Nations League on Friday, the midfielder again reiterated his comments, though he made certain to clarify he was not talking about the England team or their coaches, but rather the media and fans.

"It was my feeling. I didn't think the [England] players and head coach underestimated us but the people that surround their national team - commentators, journalists, fans," he said in a pre-match news conference. 

"We felt they disrespected Croatia. They didn't show enough appreciation and it gave us extra motivation."

Ahead of the match in the empty stadium in Rijeka, Modric also hailed his former Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane as still improving despite already being among the world's best strikers.

The 25-year-old claimed the Golden Boot at the World Cup and has netted more than 20 goals in each of the past four Premier League campaigns.

While some observers claim burnout is beginning to reduce his effectiveness, Modric is confident Kane still has new levels to unlock.

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"He's scoring a lot in recent years, playing great and practically putting Tottenham in the title race, which is a big thing considering other clubs are spending a lot of money," Modric said.

"He's already one of the best forwards in the world. If he continues to develop on the same path he can be even better."

 

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