Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is excited to see playing at his best for the Vatreni in his last appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
Modric has been tipped to win the Golden Ball award at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia having been named man of the match in three of Croatia’s five wins so far.
Dalic revealed that the performance of the Real Madrid star has spurred his teammates to give their best.
Croatia will face England in the second semi-final match at the Luzhniki Stadium for the right to take on France in the final. Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday.
“It’s his quality that he’s been showing for many years. When you see him sprinting after 115 minutes to retrieve a ball, it shows his desire, which is present in other team-mates, to do something,” Dalic told a news conference on Tuesday.
“Luka has achieved everything possible at club level but hasn’t done so for the national team. Since this is his last World Cup, given his age, I’m very glad he’s among the last four at the World Cup, but all the other players are putting in that effort.
“We achieved success as a compact team who do not give in, who work for one another and this is maybe one of the best periods for Luka.
“He is playing the best football of his life.”