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Croatia Star Modric Labels English Media 'Arrogant' Ahead Of Euro 2020 Clash

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Croatia Star Modric Labels English Media 'Arrogant' Ahead Of Euro 2020 Clash

Croatia star Luka Modric has labelled the press pack that follows England as 'arrogant' ahead of Sunday's Euro 2020 clash.

The Real Madrid veteran has had a bee in his bonnet about England ever since the World Cup semi-final in Russia three years ago.

The former Tottenham star and Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic felt the 'It's coming home' refrain of the Three Lions song sung by England fans was disrespectful towards their team.

They claimed it gave them extra motivation to defeat England that night and also beat Gareth Southgate's men 93 days later in a UEFA Nations League match.

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And, speaking before Croatia's clash with England at Wembley, Modric says the journalists that follow Southgate's side also have a condescending manner.

Modric said: "That arrogance is not so much related to the players but the people around them, some of the journalists and the commentators.

"I haven't really been following their media lately because we only want to deal with football."


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As for on-the-field matters, Modric believes England are a much-improved side than the one he faced in 2018.

The 36-year-old told talkSPORT: "For me, they are better than they were three years ago. No doubt.

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"The main threats? To say one player is difficult because they have so many great players, talented players, young players that are hungry for the success and will be very dangerous at this Euros. For me, they are one of the favourites.



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"Especially as they are playing at home and it's a good part for them. Advantage? It's not a huge one but it is as there will not be away fans.

Croatia face England on Sunday after two poor performances in friendlies. They drew 1-1 with Armenia at home and lost 1-0 away to a Belgium side without Kevin De Bruyne.

"It's our destiny that everyone underestimates us before a big tournament, but it's not bothering us that people don't see us as favourites," said Modric.

"We're there and we will fight and give everything like we always give when playing for Croatia.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

"We will see where we will reach, what stage of the tournament. We're not the same team as we were in the World Cup, there are some players who have left and some young players who have come in and you need time for everything to be put in place.

"We are still dangerous for everything. I don't think everyone is looking forward to playing against us."

Topics: Euro 2020, Croatia, England, Luka Modric

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