"He's helped me grow a lot as an individual player, he's made football easier", he admitted.
This choice of personnel, along with wide players Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic, would create a four-man front for England and could trouble their back three in transition should Modric pounce and exploit the spaces in behind Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young.
"I think that it happens to everyone to get hard moments", he said at his presentation to the media on Monday.
A day after scoring his first goal of the World Cup, France defender Raphael Varane has turned his thoughts to how his team can stifle Belgium's potent attack when the sides meet in Tuesday's semi-final in St Petersburg.
"I know the fans here are enjoying it", Kane said.
Fifa World Cup has always been dominated by the traditional powerhouses of football.
Ah well, there's always World Cup 2022, fellas.
ESPN brings you the best of the numbers from Belgium's 2-1 win over Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. "We can't give him any space either, so it is going to take a collective effort".
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The 1966 World Cup champions last reached the semifinals in 1990, losing the first of a series of haunting penalty shootouts.
"We are very, very proud of the diversity we have in the squad", Martinez added.
Players to watch: Martinez gave Nacer Chadli a return to the starting line-up for the match against Brazil after he came off the bench to score an incredible late victor against Japan in the round of 16.
Of course there's no official word from the Brazil's camp as yet - so no way of knowing if the video is legitimate.
Teenager Mbappe has starred for the French, drawing comparisons with celebrated compatriot Thierry Henry, but Les Bleus is a team of many talents - notably Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann - who work diligently when it matters. I think the Belgian team is the most exhaustive team in all aspects of the game during this tournament - they are strong everywhere. I do not have an answer for these questions yet.
"Up until that corner, I felt that we had everything under control", Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. Additionally, a fixed system was employed in terms of formation (4-3-3) for every age-group team.
Belgium managed just 0.54 xG against Brazil, with an own goal and a clinical finish from Kevin De Bruyne (5%) sending them through.