The ignorance there is breathtaking. All of that would be true....about 20 years ago.
In fairness, we're not popular abroad generally, are we? If you see most of the comments sections on the Guardian throughout the WC, there's been lots of people from other countries saying how shit we are, saying how much we overrate ourselves, arrogance etc etc
I think pictures of English fans celebrating and throwing lager around have probably been transmitted around the world, and possibly given a slightly false impression.
Obviously, you get a few people getting carried away with the nationalism and all that (as with any country), but I do think it's been different this time. People had low expectations, they like the manager and what he was trying to do, and they respected the effort of a limited group of players, who were a Harry Kane finish away from probably getting to the final.
Also the it’s coming home stuff is taken by some to be ironic and lighthearted and others really do mean it.
You can imagine other countries thinking that it’s a bit presumptuous given actual achievements.
And yes that was over the top response from Croatian press - a bit bizarre that they would go to such length unless, as you say there is an issue (fair or not) - and it would take longer than one tournament of being reasonable for that to filter through.
So they could easily see comments from famous players (like everyone here does from Maradona, for example) and the its coming home stuff and think “no it’s not actually” or words to that effect
Plus, look at Eurovision