Ironically, Alli says he felt he did better with the less familiar tasks than with his usual forte, making penetrating runs and providing a threat in the box.
Not even a dramatic late spot-kick failure in the last 16 against Denmark could derail Modric's superb tournament, the Real Madrid man a strong contender for the Golden Ball at Russian Federation 2018.
"1998 will never be forgotten and should not be, but I would love it if eventually the 1998 Vatreni can be moved aside so that we can talk not only about 1998 but also a bit about 2018", the former Real Madrid player said.
To score in the second half, it gives you a lift.
"Rakitic I haven't played against but I played against Modric twice this year in the Champions League and everyone knows what he did in the Premier League". Alli, who missed England's final two group games due to a thigh injury, dismissed the notion that nerves may have got to him in the quarter-final. I've still got my shirt.
"When it happens like that you have to make sure you are still benefiting the team and helping them as much as you can, off the ball".
"I owe a lot to him for the chance he gave me at Tottenham, how much faith he put in me and how much he helped me improve as a player. Go Aldi! I'll be organised and ensure I finish my shopping in the other 6 days and however many hours ahead of 1500!"
"That's one of his big things".
"We also feel we've had events on when we've been in camp when some of those guys [from the 1966 squad] have been in, when the road was named at St George's [Park National Football Centre, England's training base at home] after Sir Alf [Ramsey, the World Cup-winning coach in 1966]".
"Straight after that game you want the floor to eat you up", said Alli.
Come tomorrow it could be Croatia star Modric that Alli will want to swap jerseys with. "You want to forget about it and lock yourself away", Alli said.
"We are glad that this generation experiences its own 1998, that they can see live what football euphoria looks like ... at least we will not have to explain it to them on YouTube any more", Sportske novosti added.