Luka Modric, captain of the Croatian national team, put an end to the rumors that linked him to international retirement, after the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Modric led the Croatian national team to third place in the World Cup in Qatar, after defeating his Moroccan counterpart, 2-1, during the match that brought the two sides together, on Saturday evening.
Modric said in televised statements after the match: “I do not want to retire from international football, because I plan to be with my country in the semi-finals of the European Nations League, which is certain for me.”
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He added, “After that, there will be some matches in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, and then I will see what I can do with regard to my future.”
And about participating in the next World Cup, the Real Madrid star said: “Maybe the World Cup in Qatar will be my last, I don’t know, but I was dreaming of the World Cup title, and at the same time I was happy with the silver and bronze medals.”
Modric had won second place with Croatia during the last edition that was held in Russia 2018, after losing to France 2-4.
For his part, Zlatko Dalic, coach of the Croatian national team, said: “Luka Modric is our captain and he is the manager of our national team. This achievement is definitely for him.”
And he concluded: “Some believe that his career with us has ended, but I see that he can offer us more during the next stage of his career.”
It is worth noting that Modric, 37, began his international career with the Croatian national team in 2006, and participated in 162 matches in all competitions, during which he scored 23 goals.