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Sunday 17 December 2017

Modric: I'm sorry for my old pal Robbie

SPURS star Luka Modric fears that Ireland will struggle to get out of the group stages in Euro 2012 after last night's comfortable win for his Croatian side over a poor Ireland team.

Modric greeted his former Spurs team-mate Robbie Keane after the game and consoled the Dubliner and while the €40million-rated Modric says he's a big fan of Keane and the Irish side, he fears it could be game over for Ireland in terms of Euro 2012.

"It's going to be extremely hard for Ireland now after last night," Modric told the Evening Herald.

"I don't think that last night was a case of Ireland being a poor team, it was a matter of us being very good, that's why Ireland looked poor and didn't play well, we made them look bad.

"I spoke to Robbie very briefly after the game on the pitch but only for a few seconds. We will speak in the next day or two - last night was not the time to chat, Robbie was very disappointed with the result.

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"I am good friends with Robbie, he's a great guy as well as being a great player and I am sorry for him and his team, but I am happy for Croatia.

"I hope Robbie can take some points from Italy and Spain in the next two games," added Modric, who was one of the outstanding performers for the Croatians on a night when they racked up a famous win and their first defeat of Ireland since 1999.

"We knew we'd have to be on top of our game to beat Ireland as they are a difficult opponent," Modric added.

"We have set a high standard now, scoring three goals against Ireland but we don't need to do the same against Italy and Spain, we don't need to score three goals. I don't care if we only score one as long as we win.

"Spain are one of the best teams in the world now and they will be hard to beat but we're not thinking about Spain now, we have our focus on Italy on Thursday.

"If we perform against Italy on Thursday like we did last night, we will win. We are close to being where we want to be."

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