Croatia star Luka Modric has admitted that he and his team-mates watched the Three Lions 2-0 victory over Sweden and he expects a tough encounter when the two Country’s face off in the World Cup semi-final this coming Wednesday.
Classy midfield operator Modric has plenty of experience of English football having played in the Premier League for Spurs between 2008-2012, before moving to Real Madrid where he has won four Champions League titles in the last five seasons.
The 32-year-old Croatia captain also revealed that his side will have to be extra vigilant of the Three Lions prowess from set pieces:
“We watched England and we saw how strong they are,” Modric said in the post match press conference after his sides quarter-final victory.
“We expect a very tough and demanding match, like every one in the World Cup.
“We will enjoy this victory but then we will prepare.
“We have seen how strong England are at set-pieces and we will have to do better because against Russia we conceded a goal like that.
So impressive in the centre of the park for Croatia has Modric been, that he is now one of the favourites to win the Golden Ball, but the experienced midfielder insists he is only focused on his teams success.
“I do not think about the Golden Ball. Honestly, the most important is the success of the team, to make something big,” he added.
“This is already big, but we can do more. Individual awards are not important to me.
“Yes, they are valuable, but I do not think about them, I’m just focused on bringing a medal home, so we will see.”
Whoever emerges victorious on Wednesday night will face the winner of the Belgium and France fixture in the World Cup semi-final next Sunday in Moscow.