Croatia's ‘little genius’ Luka Modric will be in the limelight on Thursday as he and his countrymen go up against three-time champions Germany in a match whose outcome will have a huge bearing on the outcome of Group B.
"I know I am going to be under close observation," said the youngster, who next season will star in the English Premiership with Tottenham.
Coach Slaven Bilic expects nothing less of his star man that for him to step up to the plate and "be the best player” of the tournament.
"That's not to put a burden on his shoulders but because it's what I think."
Midfield partner Nico Kranjcar describes his teammate simply as "the new superstar of Croatian football,"
Following the win at "Wembley over England last November, which dumped the English out, Arsenal striker Eduardo, missing from Euro 2008 through injury, said that "he's our grand master."