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Monday 18 December 2017

Modric wants same again from Croats

LUKA MODRIC is calling for more of the same as Croatia attempt to book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 with a game to spare.

Slaven Bilic's side opened their campaign with a 3-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Poznan on Sunday and top Group C after Italy and Spain drew in Gdansk.

The Croatians and the Italians go head-to-head in Poznan on Thursday evening with Modric and his team-mates knowing a second win would assure them of a place in the last eight before their final group game against Spain.

He said: “That's an amazing game for us as well. I hope we can repeat this performance on Thursday evening and I hope we can win against Italy as well.

“It is going to be a different game, but we have to prepare well, bring this performance and play like we did (against Ireland).”

The draw between the group's two big guns did Croatia little harm, although Modric insisted they did not even consider what was happening in Gdansk as they finalised their preparations for Ireland.

He said: “It has given us confidence because we won. That game didn't bother us that much and we were only focused on our game and how |to win.

“Now we have to think about Italy. I hope we prepare well, like we did for Ireland.”

Modric, whose future at Tottenham remains a topic for speculation, refused to shed any light on what may lie ahead this summer.

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