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Luka ready for Lions' bite

Posted on 8 September 2008  - 12:00

Luka Modric knows he will come up against an England side hell-bent on revenge in Zagreb on Wednesday, but remains confident about his side's chances.

Luka ready for Lions' bite

Luka Modric knows he will come up against an England side hell-bent on revenge in Zagreb on Wednesday, but remains confident about his side's chances.

The Three Lions take on Croatia in the World Cup qualifier hoping to make amends for a double defeat that prevented them travelling to Euro 2008.

Croatia themselves reached the quarter-finals stage in Austria and Switzerland back in June, which is why Luka believes his nation are ready for Fabio Capello's men.

And now he will have the added knowledge of what English football is all about three games into his Premier League career with Spurs.

"I'm looking forward to the game. It will be nice to play against England again because we love playing against big teams," said Luka, who is in the squad alongside Spurs team-mate Vedran Corluka, with David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas in the England squad.

"We beat England twice in the last qualifying campaign, but this time it will be more difficult because they will want revenge.

"England didn't go to Euro 2008 because of us so they will try to make it difficult, but I am still confident we can win.

"Beating England last time meant a lot for Croatian football because we showed the world that we can beat the biggest teams, which meant a lot for our confidence."

Despite the heartbreaking penalty shoot-out exit at the hands of Turkey at the Euros, Luka feels Croatia have what it takes to go one better should they reach the 2010 World Cup Finals.

He added: "We were unlucky against Turkey in Euro 2008. We thought we could win the competition, so it was disappointing.

"Because of this, we want to qualify for the World Cup and show more quality there. That will be massive for us and our country."