Luca Modric has blamed the ’emotion’ of beating England to reach the World Cup final for Croatia failure to perfo7 in the Nations League.
Croatia who beat England 2-1 in Moscow’s heart-breaking semi-final have been thumped 6-0 by Spain and were held to a goalless draw by Gareth Southgate’s players, who they face at Wembley on Sunday.
But Modric said things will be different from now on, with the return tie against the Spanish on Thursday night in front of a sell-out 30,000 crowd at Dinamo Zagreb’s ground in the Croatian capital.
The world player of the year said: “It was a historical success this summer and we didn’t have much time to recharge. We were empty, physically and emotionally.
“We also had big games after the World Cup and we were feeling a bit empty. Now we are in a much better position.”