Croatia, whose previous best result was their third place at the 1998 World Cup, beat England 2-1 on Thursday (AEST) and advanced to the final for the first time in their history.

"Before the match, English media showed disrespect for us," Dalic said

"It's strange, if you look at the clubs in which our players perform. We deserve this respect now. This was our additional motivation.

"But first of all we wanted to reach the final for our country, for our fans."

Croatia will take on France in 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Moscow on Monday (AEST).