The England boss was amused at the prospect of fans both in Russian Federation and back at home observing Waistcoat Wednesday in tribute to the man who has guided the nation to within perhaps just 90 minutes of a first final since 1966.
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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France has made it to the semi-finals in half of their last six World Cup appearances.
Southgate's England take on Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow, having beaten Sweden 2-0 in the last eight in Samara.
This they did by pelting the bus of the team, which included Neymar, with stones.
"I think it will be a hard game for Croatia".
Former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic believes a constant theme in their national sides is their ability to raise their game against big sides, hence their low-key performances against Denmark and Russian Federation in the knockout stages, beating both on penalties, should be disregarded. "The Euros were at home, but here we can still feel the support of the French people", said Deschamps, who praised the commitment of his players.
"So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players".
Gareth Southgate's stock has risen so much since he travelled to the 2018 World Cup as England manager that some are suggesting a knighthood could be on its way.
Now, finally, there is a team ready to join them in Croatian football's pantheon of heroes. Certainly in the Premier League they know he's Leicester's best header of the ball so we do usually get the opposition picking him up from corners.
"We've been always returning to the 1998 team, putting a new burden on Modric and his team".