It has been a memorable campaign thus far for Modric, who was influential in helping Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League crown. Then against Sweden, the saves, the distribution, the belief to give what I would call a full performance. We want players at 100 per cent fit.
The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow. Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli could unsettle the Croatians.
Fyodor Smolov had his first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, their fate appeared sealed when Mario Fernandes fired wide from their third attempt. "If I had a vote [in the Ballon d'Or], I would vote for Luka". "Thank God everything is fine with him".
"These guys made history and you are the best!" captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said.
"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me". It might never come around again for me, so I'm trying to take every opportunity, bringing everything I've learned at [Manchester] City and my career to the table.
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Vrsaljko will now sit out of the semifinal against England on Wednesday, according to Marca, which will be a huge blow for Croatia following his solid defensive displays in the right back slot over the course of the tournament.
Speaking on the eve of Croatia's meeting with England, Dalic said: "We are a country where anything is possible, so there are no surprises". "We didn't play well in the first half, we didn't control the game as we wanted".
Follow Al Jazeera's coverage of the World Cup 2018 here. "The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".
Both scored in Croatia's devastating 3-0 group-stage win over Argentina, while Modric also netted a penalty in the 2-0 victory against Nigeria.
"We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support.
The Fatling pub in Hornchurch expects to be at capacity by 4pm ahead of England's World Cup Game against Croatia.