Following his side's sensational 2-1 win over England in the semi-finals of World Cup 2018, Croatia skipper Luka Modric has hit out at English media for their comments prior to the match.
Most pundits backed England, and gave Croatia any chance to reach their first ever final. But when the final whistle blew, the experts were proved wrong, as Modric and co. came back from a goal down to win the game in extra time.
And after the victory, Modric hit out, in a respectable way, at the English media. The Croatian skipper told beIN SPORTS, "Their journalists and pundits on television were talking prior to this match about us being tired, being the walking dead.
"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's 'golden generation' will now take on France in the final. At the start of the tournament, many expected them to do well, but no many imagined them reaching the final stage.
But Modric believes his team now deserve to be crowned as World Champions on Sunday.
"It means everything. It's a dream come true for us, and all of Croatia 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," he added.
England had taken the lead in the fifth minute through a stunning free-kick from Kieran Trippier. For most parts of the match, it seemed the Three Lions would be heading for their second-ever final.
But in the 68th minute, Ivan Perisic equalized for Croatia. From that moment on, it seemed there will only be one winner. After the match headed into extra time, Mario Mandzukic scored the winner after the England defense went to sleep.