The hosts qualified for the last eight after a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over former world champions, Spain. "We were together. You were the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th player", he said and promised that the team would demonstrate better results at the next World Cup in Qatar, although it would be hard without such support.
"Not only is he playing well throughout the match, but he is showing great confidence about him which he proved with two decisive penalties in the round of 16 and the quarter-finals". "At this point we will not give up anything and will play against England with all the enthusiasm and passion of Croatian football".
England wore all-white at the last World Cup when then faced Costa Rica. Expectations were muted coming into the World Cup.
"There are no favourites in this World Cup".
Incredibly, this fairytale run comes 20 years on from their memorable first World Cup campaign, when Davor Suker, Slaven Bilic and co. finished third at the 1998 tournament in France.
"Cancel your plans for Wednesday night - England have reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years", said the Sun on Sunday.
After a chaotic 2-2 draw with Russian Federation in the quarter-finals, it was left to Ivan Rakitic to slot home the winning penalty in the shootout for the second consecutive game to send Croatia into Wednesday's semi. Ivan Rakitic, of Barcelona, Modric's Real team-mate, Mateo Kovacic, and Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic would get in most teams in Europe, but if Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli can combine to disrupt Modric's rhythm - and it will have to be a team effort - England will have cause for optimism.
Ahead of this week's semi-final showdowns, which teams look best-equipped to lift that prestigious trophy in Moscow later this month? "My guys feel like conscript soldiers whose term of service was over just when they were preparing to go into battle".
The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who attended the game, called it "the best match in the history of the national team". "We were lucky. I was concentrating throughout the match, but after that penalty it came bursting out of me". "I'm happy that I was part of this team, with this coach and this country for nearly 20 years", he added.
England have been far more reliant on set-play strategy than fellow semi-finalists Belgium and France, who have struck three goals each from them, while their next opponents Croatia have scored from only one set piece and one penalty.
They also won a shootout for the first time in four World Cup attempts by knocking out Colombia in the last 16, a sign of their progress in preparing for every possible outcome.