Croatia captain Luka Modric believes there has been a sense of arrogance around the England team but knows Gareth Southgate's players carry no such ego and are ready for battle in Sunday's Euro 2020 opener.
Three years ago the 35-year-old ran the show and broke the Three Lions' hearts in Russia, where he inspired Zlatko Dalic's men to a 2-1 extra-time comeback win in the World Cup semi-finals.
Modric took aim at English journalists and comments after that victory, saying underestimating Croatia was a "huge mistake" and that "they should be more humble and respect more opponents".
The Real Madrid midfielder said talk of 'football coming home' lit a fire in their dressing room, but he attempted to avoid making any potentially inflammatory comments on the eve of the Group D encounter at Wembley.
"That arrogance, it's not so much related to the players and to the England national team but to the people around them - some of the journalists, commentators and so forth," Modric said.
"Recently, to be honest, I didn't read too much of the media outlets.
"I'm looking forward to the match and I don't want to say too much about what's on the other sides."
Veteran midfielder Modric shows few signs of slowing up and remains a key player for Croatia, who he helped win at Wembley in 2007 to deny Steve McClaren's Three Lions a place at Euro 2008.
"I expect an English team that is going to be very aggressive, very powerful from the very beginning," he said.
"It's going to have its public also on its side at the beginning of the Euros and I expect a very strong game.
"It's up to us to give whatever we can, all we can, to do as much as we can.
"We'll see how the match develops. We are very well prepared, we have worked very well in the past seven days.
"We have prepared ourselves for the English team and I'm sure the nuances will make the difference. So, yes, we are ready and looking forward to tomorrow's match."
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