Every time a Croatian player appears before the media at this World Cup, he knows a question about Modric is coming, and every time the answer reflects the admiration there is in the squad for their captain.
"I was in Nice to watch us lose too Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy". We will both want to have possession. Neither side could find another breakthrough - Modric missing a penalty deep into extra-time - as the match went to spot-kicks.
Thumping headers from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were enough to secure a first world cup semi-final berth for the Three Lions in 28 years.
"I'm glad that I scored goals but the most important thing is to help the team".
Fyodor Smolov had his first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russian Federation goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, their fate appeared sealed when Mario Fernandes fired wide from their third attempt.
"I'm not thinking about it, only about my national team succeeding", he said. "Thank God everything is fine with him".
The path to the final, to history in fact, could not have been easier-no, England cannot be considered a strong side-and this is Croatia's best chance, if they make use of the incredible talent they have in midfield.
"I was concentrated throughout the match, but after Rakitic's penalty the emotion came bursting out of me".
"I believe that the keyword is how we leave - it's better to leave when you feel pride", Cherchesov told reporters.
Just 3,400 English fans were in attendance for the win over Sweden but flights to Moscow have been jammed pack over the past 48 hours and it's reported there could be over 10,000 inside the Luzhniki Stadium and more in fan parks.
He hopes England will be more suited to their style of play, but added that recovering from two extended games will be hard. They took photographs of themselves with the crowd and unfurled a banner saying "we play for you".
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"The hopes of a nation were dashed as it became clear England's years of hurt were destined to last another four years. The teams who are hard-working, who are compact and united, these are the teams that are still here".
Modric says his side will spend the days leading up to the semi-final clash. working on how to nullify England's threat.
David Baddiel said England had given the country "a handsome World Cup run" after they were knocked out of the tournament.