Luka Modric: 'Croatia lacked belief at World Cup'

Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric is tackled by Cameroon's forward Benjamin Moukandjo during the Group A football match between Cameroon and Croatia at The Amazonia Arena in Manaus on June 18, 2014
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Luka Modric believes that a lack of belief caused Croatia to fail at the World Cup.

Luka Modric has suggested that it was a lack of belief which cost Croatia a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Defeats to Group A rivals Brazil and Mexico ended Croatia's hopes of reaching the last 16 of the tournament, and despite thrashing Cameroon 4-0 in their second fixture, the Real Madrid midfielder believes that there can be no complaints about the early exit.

"We are disappointed, but what can we do?" Modric told reporters. "Of course we were expecting to go to the next round.

"You have to have belief in yourself to go far, but we didn't show that on the pitch. I think we looked good in the first game against Brazil and in the second game. We had some good periods, but we weren't good enough."

Croatia have failed to progress from the group stage in their last three appearances at the World Cup.

Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic (C) celebrates his goal during a Group A football match between Cameroon and Croatia in the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 18, 2014
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