The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements.
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"No, no, I think when you are in the semi-final of the World Cup it's a unique moment in anyone's career and I don't think you switch off".
Southgate's team play Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday.
"He would be willing Gareth Southgate and the England team to go all the way in Russian Federation with every fibre of his being".
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"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it". England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders. "We were all happy, all hugging", Mbappe said.
Modric has been on the front line in painful past failures for the national team, missing a penalty in a shootout as Croatia lost to Turkey in the quarter-finals of Euro 2008.
Although Croatia went on to suffer an agonising 2-1 defeat to host nation France in the semi-finals, they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place playoff. "It's the support of those around you and the people that were there for you in hard times as well as when things were going well".
He said: "It's a special feeling to know that the people back home and out here in Russian Federation are enjoying the experience just as much as we are". Both of these countries have needed luck on their side to get to this point, with England needing penalties to get past Colombia, and Croatia prevailing twice in shootouts - against Denmark and Russian Federation.
"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team".