Before the tournament began, Stewart Ide said if England managed to reach the final four of the 2018 World Cup, he would go and watch the match live. Now is the time to look forward to our last game here, " he said.
But Croatia still lacks a major national team title, and this World Cup is seen as the last chance for this golden generation which apart from Modric includes Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic (33), Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic (32) and Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic (30).
Bilic, who is presently out of work having been sacked by Premier League side West Ham last season, experienced some of the highs and the lows with the Croatian players such as being seconds away from the Euro 2008 semi-finals only for Turkey to level and progress on penalties.
"When I played we beat Germany 3-0 at the 1998 World Cup (in the quarter-finals)".
The 32-year-old played all 120 minutes inside the Fisht Olympic stadium as Croats were taken to penalties and set up a semi-final match with England in Moscow.
"He would be willing Gareth Southgate and the England team to go all the way in Russian Federation with every fibre of his being". "But he brings more than that to the team - there's a coolness, a calmness".
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With a player like this leading the line it's hard to argue that England cant go further than anyone expected in this competition. World Cup fever has struck the country as Gareth Southgate has led his side to the World Cup semi final.
Insp Phil Grimwade said: "The vast majority of people enjoyed Saturday's celebrations safely and these incidents in the city related to a small minority of people who took things too far".
"We know their set-pieces are unsafe, they have scored seven times from them, but we have no reason to be nervous, we are relieved of any pressure and are here to enjoy ourselves", he said.
"There were questions over Sime Vrsaljko but our right-back trained normally and could be ready", they stated below an image of the player in training. England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders.
Phil has assured us that this is all a bit of fun and that he's not trying to exploit his pet to get rich - and we of course believe him.
Former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic believes a constant theme in their national sides is their ability to raise their game against big sides, hence their low-key performances against Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stages, beating both on penalties, should be disregarded.