In the latest Croatia news, Luka Modric admits he would swap some of his honours at club level to taste glory on the international stage this summer.
The Real Madrid midfielder has enjoyed unprecedented success since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham in 2012, helping Real to four Champions League trophies, one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey during that time.
However, the 32-year-old has been unable to translate that success onto the international stage with Croatia, as in 12 years of representing his country he has failed to lead them beyond the quarter-finals of a major international tournament.
Indeed, the Vatreni have not made it through to the knockout stages of the World Cup since they reached the semi-finals on their tournament debut 20 years ago.
Modric is now hoping Zlatko Dalic’s current squad can mount a genuine challenge for glory at this summer’s tournament and he admits he would swap some of his club honours to enjoy success with his country.
“I would change some of the trophies I’ve won with Madrid for one big success with Croatia,” Modric said at the Croatian Players’ Union awards ceremony.
The former Dinamo Zagreb youngster featured in 41 matches for Real during the season just gone, as they claimed a third-successive Champions League crown, although they finished some way off the pace in La Liga.
Modric admits it was not an ideal season for Los Blancos, but says his own attention has now fully turned to the World Cup.
“It was a very hard and long season, in LaLiga and the Copa del Rey we did not play as is expected of us,” Modric added. “In the end we won the trophy that is most important. I am happy to be part of this club and this success that will be remembered in history.”
Croatia are 8/11 with bet365 to win their World Cup opener against Nigeria on Saturday before they face further matches in Group D with Argentina and Iceland.