"If France go to the final against England, I think England will beat them".
But if Modric can rouse himself to control another match against England, they have every chance.
After once again starring as Real won a fourth Champions League crown in five seasons by beating Liverpool in Kiev in May, Modric will be nearly assured of winning the Ballon d'Or if he can lead Croatia all the way to improbable World Cup glory. Not only is that now the best result of the 2018 World Cup for the Rupert Murdoch owned outlet in the early metrics but it is also the best any Men's match has done on any American network since the 2014 Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament's Germany winning final. They turned in their best team performance at this World Cup in the quarters, and there was loads to enjoy right across the park.
Going to extra-time and penalties meant using up valuable reserves of energy that could potentially put them at a disadvantage in their semi-final on Wednesday when they face an England side who coasted to a 2-0 win over Sweden.
But Rush insists that it's pointless comparing England to sides they haven't faced.
A spokesman said: "For those who will be watching the football we know an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can sometimes lead to an increase in public order offences".
The Swedes, however, did create chances, but England No. 1 Jordan Pickford pulled off a couple of impressive saves to give the Three Lions their first clean sheet of the tournament.
But two-time European Cup victor Rush is unconcerned by the number of chances England have allowed. You can't underestimate how draining that is, trust me.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is the only player in the Croatian team now playing in the English Premier League.
"(And at the other end), England are scoring goals and looking very risky at set-pieces".
Croatia have singled out Raheem Sterling as the chief threat posed by England ahead of the World Cup semi-final in Moscow on Wednesday.
"Harry is just a goal machine".
The Red Devils' galaxy of stars can rival France's, with Thibaut Courtois, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku living up to their billing as world-class players in Russian Federation.
"Sterling might actually come good at the best time, in the semi-final or final".