Bilic: We proved we're a better team than England
Croatia boss Slaven Bilic claimed England had lost to a better team tonight as a 3-2 defeat at Wembley eliminated Steve McClaren's side from Euro 2008.
Bilic believes the pressure got to the England players and insisted McClaren's tactics played right into his hands.
'We didn't feel that kind of negative pressure,' he told Sky Sports News.
'It's a bit hard, although they are world-class players and should cope with it, it is hard to cope with that kind of negative pressure.'
Bilic admitted he was overjoyed when he discovered McClaren was playing just Crouch in attack - to the point where he was happy for an impotent England to have the ball.
'We let their two centre-halves take the ball,' he said.
'Of course Crouch is a great player but he is not that quick.
'It is much easier to play against a team with just one up front.'
Bilic added: 'Wake up. You didn't lose the game tonight because of the tactics.
'We are simply a better team. I admire your team and your players but my team is a much better team.'