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Real Madrid ace was not impressed with being ‘underestimated’ in build-up while Sime Vrsaljko insisted Three Lions are still a long-ball team

LUKA MODRIC reckons England failed to respect Croatia enough – giving his side all the motivation they needed.

Despite taking the lead through Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick, the Three Lions were KO’d by Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time strike.

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Luka Modric celebrates after guiding Croatia into the World Cup final

And skipper Modric claims the build-up inspired his team-mates as they booked a spot in the final alongside France.

The Real Madrid ace, 32, told ITV: “People were talking – English journalists, pundits from television.

“They underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake. All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying: ‘OK, today we will see who will be tired.’

“They should be more humble and respect their opponents more. We showed again that we were not tired – we dominated the game mentally and physically.

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Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic, right, enjoy themselves on the field following the extra-time win England hero Jordan Pickford reacts to England’s World Cup exit at the hands of Croatia

“We should have killed the game even before extra time. This is an amazing achievement for us – it’s

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