France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday that Croatia midfielder and captain Luka Modric had a great influence on his teammates.
Modric started in Croatia's all six games at the World Cup so far. The 32-year-old Real Madrid player was named the man of the match three times and has scored two goals at the tournament.
"Modric is a very mobile player, he has a great technique base... He has a great influence on his team. Croatia are playing as a whole team. Modric can join an attacking play as well as in defense at any time," Deschamps told journalists.
France will face Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.