"We also feel we've had events on when we've been in camp when some of those guys have been in, when the road was named at St George's after Sir Alf".
So impressive in the centre of the park for Croatia has Modric been, that he is now one of the favourites to win the Golden Ball, but the experienced midfielder insists he is only focused on his teams success.
The Three Lions' only worldwide title is the 1966 World Cup victory on home soil.
The goalkeeper struggled with a muscle injury during Croatia's quarter-final victory over Russia, Subasic needing treatment in extra-time before a heroic performance in the penalty shoot-out.
For every England match in Russia, Southgate has donned a waistcoat provided by Marks and Spencer, the official tailor to the England team.
Dele Alli shouldn't have been in the team against Sweden the way he was playing, but he's in the team because we have two goalscorers; Harry Kane, who has two chances and one goal, and Dele Alli.
Croatia, on the other hand, did not have easy wins this World Cup.
Croatia are a challenge for England.
Modric has been Croatia's key component in Russian Federation this summer with his two goals making him the top scorer, as well as completing more minutes than any other Croatian player with 485.
Before their arrival in Russia, England had not won a knockout game since the 2006 World Cup. Their first encounter, in 1996, ended in a goalless draw.
Southgate, who was in the last England side that reached the semifinal of their last major tournament (Euro 1996), has carried a young and vibrant team to Russian Federation but worked his charm with the players ahead of the World Cup.
"We have strength and we're united on the pitch", the Barcelona star told FIFA TV.
Lovren has been a defensive rock for Croatia at this tournament, however, and with his partner Domagoj Vida will be confident of shackling Kane and preventing him from adding to his tally of six goals at the tournament.
However, Kane's partner in attack, Raheem Sterling, has pace to burn and England's totem will be on hand to benefit if that causes problems for the Croatians. "They have a lot of youngsters, but they are really good, fast, they play for great clubs".
Juventus striker Mandzukic is Croatia's main goal threat and although he has only scored once in Russian Federation, his game is about a lot more than just finding the net. Although his goals weren't needed against Sweden, that's unlikely to be the case against Croatia.
The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.
England's campaign can be defined in one line - It's coming home!