Luka Modric admits Croatia have suffered more than England

Former Tottenham midfielder looking for his team to find extra energy levels to win World Cup semi-final

Luka Modric admits Croatia have suffered more than England

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Matthew

July 9th, 2018

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One of Croatia or England will be in the World Cup final, with the Three Lions hoping that their extra energy levels can make a difference against the Blazers.

Gareth Southgate’s team came through the Sweden test fairly comfortably, with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli sealing the deal although Croatia are sure to pose a sterner challenge.

Luka Modric is the star turn in the Croatian team and the former Spurs midfielder is full of respect for England.

“They are looking strong as a team,” Modric said. “I don’t know if there is a different mentality but it seems that they are more like a team. They have this togetherness that is very important to have success.

“England are dangerous on set pieces,” Modric said. “They have players like Maguire, Harry Kane and [John] Stones, who are strong and they are scoring so much on set pieces. We are going to have to pay attention to those details because we conceded from one against Russia that we shouldn’t have allowed.

“England have suffered less than us,” Modric said. “And we have fewer days to recover for the semi-final than we did for the quarter-final. But it’s a semi-final. We will find the extra motivation, the extra everything.”

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