Dalic praises Modric ahead of Croatia’s World Cup semi-final

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic praised Luka Modric ahead of his team’s World Cup semi-final against England, saying the midfielder was in career-best form.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – 2018 World Cup Qualifications – Europe – Ukraine vs Croatia – NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev, Ukraine – October 9, 2017 Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic before the match REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

Modric, 32, has starred in Russia, and has been named man of the match in three of Croatia’s five wins.

“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.”

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