Croatia's all-time leading scorer Davor Suker believes the team are coming into form at just the right time.
The 33-year-old striker was instrumental in his country's third-place finish at the 1998 World Cup, where he won the Golden Boot with
And Suker, who has scored 36 goals in 45 games for Croatia, says expectations to repeat their previous success are not a burden on him or team as a whole.
He said: "We are now playing better and everything is falling into place as we near the World Cup.
"When I am out on the pitch, I want to play and enjoy soccer. I have always been ready to pull my weight for the Croatian team in any way.
"I am ready to assist and I am ready to score."