Consolation for Croatia as Modric wins big at World Cup awards

Consolation for Croatia as Modric wins big at World Cup awards

And he was rewarded for his exceptional showing despite his side going down to 4-2 defeat to France in the final.

Croatia captain Luka Modric was named the Golden Ball victor while England sensation Harry Kane won the Golden Boot award for the 2018 FIFA World Cup here Sunday.

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Modric scored a goal each in Croatia's opening two games against Nigeria and Argentina.

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Modric is the first Croatian player to win the prestigious award.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane lifted this edition's Golden Boot after scoring six goals for England.

French pair Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are the only players who have any remote chance of catching Kane now, but the two would need to score a hat-trick in Sunday's final versus Croatia to match Kane from thier current total of three goals.

Kane did not score in any of England's final three games in Russian Federation but his five goals in the group stage - two strikes against Tunisia and a hat trick against Panama - and his penalty in the round of 16 against Colombia sealed the award for the Tottenham Hotspur striker.

Kane matched Gary Lineker's England record of six goals at a World Cup finals. Davor Suker won the Golden Boot for the top scorer at the 1998 World Cup in France.

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