Captain Luka Modric plans to continue playing international football until at least the Nations League final in June next year after helping Croatia finish third at the World Cup.
When asked after the match if he intended to be at the European Championships in 2024, Modric replied: “We’ll see.
“I have to take it step by step, I’m enjoying the national team.”
Modric has started all seven of Croatia’s World Cup games in Qatar, playing 656 minutes out of a possible 690, and believes he still has plenty to offer his country.
“I still feel like I can perform at a high level,” he added on Bein Sports.
“I want to continue at least until [the] League of Nations. It will give me time to think about Euro 2024.”
Croatia’s third place follows their appearance in the final of the last World Cup in Russia in 2018, underlining their ability to surprise on the international stage.
Age means a number of current squad members are unlikely to feature in the 2026 tournament, but boss Zlatko Dalic insisted there was cause for optimism for the 2026 tournament. coming.
“It’s the last World Cup for some of my players because of their age,” Dalic said. “But we have young players in our squad and there is great hope for Croatia. We have a lot of young players on the bench.
“The older players inspire them with confidence. Croatia have nothing to fear for the future. Is it the end of an era? I don’t think so, we have the Nations League and the Euros in 2024. I think Croatia has a fascinating future.”