They matched the feat of their predecessors in 1998 who reached the semi-finals in the country's first World Cup as an independent nation.
Although the statistics registered the 58% of the ball possession in favor of Croatia against England's 42%, the first half ended with 1-0 flashing on the scoreboard.
The charismatic 49-year-old - who is in Russian Federation as a TV pundit for English broadcaster ITV - told The Daily Mail Modric and fellow superstar Ivan Rakitic will pose problems for England in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday they have not had to encounter thus far.
"I'm not going to be too humble, either", he said. The 19-year-old striker scored twice in five minutes just past the hour mark as Deschamps' men stormed back from behind to seal victory in a memorable seven-goal thriller.
Croatia is the fourth-smallest country of the 32 World Cup teams with just over 4 million people.
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"I'm not saying that I'm not proud of what we did all together 20 years ago. But hopefully we can do our jobs on Wednesday as a team and individuals and contain them".
While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded.
"It's the tighter, uglier games that have been our downfall".
"We might have the chance for the revenge in the finals with the French", Plenkovic said.
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"We were the better team in all aspects of the game", said Dalic. Modric said. "It's a World Cup, it's not about other things".
According to Croatian website Vercenji List, however, the player trained with the rest of the squad on Tuesday and could be ready to play against England this week. 'To be fair, we've had some good sportsmen like [Goran] Ivanisevic in tennis, he won Wimbledon, basketball is huge and we were good.