Russia's exit on penalties to Croatia later on Saturday night was the third time a host nation has been eliminated from the World Cup on penalties, with the other victims being Mexico in 1986 and Italy, who lost at the semifinal stage in 1990.
"How far can we go? Thank God for this generation which has managed to get to a semifinal and justify Croatia's status as a football superpower... at least a small one", the former Chelsea midfielder said.
The 31-year-old Lloris describes the Belgium lineup as "quite simply, the most complete side in the tournament, in all aspects of the game". "We played at club level as well", says striker Mario Mandzukic, who played with Modric at Dinamo Zagreb a decade ago before the latter joined Tottenham Hotspur.
Regardless of their disappointing recent form against Belgium, it is nevertheless France who come into this tie as the favourites to reach the final.
"We did win. Most importantly, they won for us, for the whole country".
England comes in with 40.3 per cent of the vote - the majority among the four teams - ahead of Belgium's 28.67 per cent, Croatia at 19.32 per cent and France's 11.71 per cent. "Of course, there is some power left for the English".
"We wanted to play good football, we wanted to work hard, play with a passion and I thought we've done that".
This tactic was turned on its head against Croatia, with Russian Federation going all out and scoring first but conceding two more before an equaliser deep in the second half of extra time reignited their hopes of a last four spot, the first since the Soviet Union's 1966 run.
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"Harry Kane is the top scorer [in the tournament] with six goals so he's not easy to stop and Raheem Sterling is really unsafe because he's fast and he links well with Kane but we were able to stop Lionel Messi and Christian Eriksen".
"As a player, as a professional, I know I have a job on and off the pitch - to inspire people, to inspire hopefully kids, watching this tournament", he said.
Perenial shootout losers England were up next, taking on Colombia in the round of 16.
France comfortably defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter finals, but is likely to fall short against its neighbor, Goldman said.
"I could talk about it for days, but I hope to talk about Croatia and this World Cup for years".
"We believe in our strengths", he said, as reported by BBC Sport. This trend has powered the rise of teams that traditionally do not do well in World Cups.
"When you look at it like that, obviously it's great, but more importantly it was about the team", he said.