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Football's 'booby prize' unbefitting of Modric farewell

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic is hopeful the World Cup third-place play-off will not be the last game at a major tournament for his captain Luka Modric.

Modric, 37, will not feature at the next World Cup and may not start Saturday's bronze medal encounter against Morocco at Khalifa International Stadium.

But Dalic believes the Real Madrid midfielder may continue playing until Euro 2024 in Germany, even though it will purely be the decision of Modric himself.

"I hope that he will be with us," he replied when asked about Modric's chances of continuing his international career.

"I'm looking forward to that and I think it is quite certain that he will be but Luka Modric will decide personally as well how he feels.

"Knowing how he feels about football and the Croatia national team, I'm quite sure he will, but it is his decision only."

Dalic revealed he is likely to make several changes for the game against Morocco as Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic admitted many players will be "exhausted" when they return to their club sides.

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