Modric, Perisic blast England for undermining Croatia following semi final victory

Jose Verdugo
Julio 15, 2018

"He ran out of steam a little bit in extra-time, but he's absolutely given everything for club and country and I think he's had a fantastic season".

To compare those staggering numbers against the most watched TV programmes in 2017, it has the fourth biggest average viewership.

Man of the match Perisic, admitted it was a hard game but praised his team-mates' perseverance for coming through a successive third knockout game after extra-time.

Another supporter suggested that the ref was biased in favour of England's Three Lions.

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These complaints from Modric were as unfair as they were unnecessary.

The cheeky tactic stems from the much-debated Federation Internationale de Football Association rule which made headlines in the first week of the tournament, and subsequent media speculation over whether a team can kick-off while their opposition is distracted celebrating a goal off the field of play.

They were looking to the inspirational Luke Modric to control the game, but instead it was he who gave away the early free-kick from which Trippier put England ahead.

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Perhaps he was offended by calls for Southgate and his squad to be knighted if they won the World Cup or by the English FA's plans to begin preparing a victory parade if they beat Croatia. England's tactics from set-pieces have been a masterclass - using their tall players to great effect.

Croatia hung on and it was to their enormous credit that they turned the tide after the break in what developed into an epic encounter.

Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winning goal for Croatia in the 109th minute, and while the team was celebrating, England tried to pull a fast one and score with Croatia's outfield players all off the pitch behind the English end line. He found the right people to drill these routines and execute them with telling effect on the biggest stage of football. These are the reasons they failed at past tournaments and are the reasons that Croatia, and not England, will play France on Sunday.

They were eliminated by the first very good team that they played at the tournament.

"All I can say is that they asserted that they were going to be much better physically, that they were superior in that aspect", Rakitic told Mundo Deportivo when asked if England talked too much before the game.

This isn't the first time someone has used "the evil media" as a false narrative to stimulate their players.

How he featured in all England matches beggars belief.

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