Real Madrid superstar Modric was named the planet's best player by Federation Internationale de Football Association after winning the Champions League again and leading Croatia to the World Cup final, while England captain Kane won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer.
Speaking in a pre-match press conference, Modric was keen to clarify his criticism was directed towards the media and not Gareth Southgate or his squad.
The Real Madrid midfielder repeated those claims as he spoke on the eve of the game at Stadion HNK Rijeka - a match that will be played behind closed doors.
"We felt a bit disrespected, not appreciated as much as we deserve".
"I'm sure Croatia feel the same".
"Is it a problem for England?"
"They are great for their teams so I think it gives us the upper hand going away from home and when they need their fans, they haven't got them". "That's something you have to answer yourself and analyse".
"You always need to respect your opponent, but also have a self-belief in your team and your possibilities".
Southgate's side were beaten by Croatia in Russian Federation earlier this year when they stood on the cusp of their first World Cup final appearance since 1966.
Another loss tonight would make Croatia overwhelming favourites to finish bottom of their three-team group and suffer relegation from the Nations League's highest level.
Spain showed scant respect for the team beaten by France in the World Cup final with a stunning 6-0 demolition of Dalic's side, three days after beating England at Wembley.
"This is an important game especially after Spain", said Modric.
The crowd will be officially registered as zero but there are likely to be about 500 people in the stadium, with about 150 media expected and a maximum of 75 people per team delegation, including the players.
"But it's important for us, we want to play as well as possible to achieve a good result".
"When I said that after the game, it wasn't meant to be the players or the head coach but more in regards to the media and some commentary we could read or watch", he said.