Tottenham's Christian Eriksen can prove how far he has come on Sunday

Denmark's Christian Eriksen (C) fights for the ball with Montenegro's Adam Marusic (L) and Vladimir Jovovic (R) during the FIFA WC 2018 Group E football qualification match between...

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will be hoping to help Denmark overcome Croatia this weekend.

Christian Eriksen reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Denmark and France at Luzhniki Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Tottenham Hotspur fans know how good Christian Eriksen is, while Denmark supporters need no reminding that his hat-trick in the World Cup play-offs got them to the finals in the first place.  But Sunday sees the diminutive play-maker come up against the man he ultimately replaced at Spurs in the form of Luka Modric.

Modric has been one of the tournament's standout players in a Croatia side that has the potential to go all the way to the final.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen (R) shoots past Manchester City's French defender Aymeric Laporte (L) to score their first goal during the English Premier League...

The bottom half of the draw has been branded a 'Best of the Rest' following England's defeat to Belgium, but they should underestimate Croatia at their peril, which makes their clash with Eriksen and co all the more intriguing.

The Tottenham player has already shown moments of sheer brilliance this summer, with an assist in the first group game and a sublime goal in the second. But if he can outshine Modric this weekend he could inspire his country to the quarter-finals of a competition that is as open as it has ever been.

(COMBO) A combination made on June 29, 2018 shows Denmark's forward Christian Eriksen (L) in Samara on June 21, 2018 and Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric at Parc des Princes in Paris on...

Eriksen scored 14 goals and provided 13 assists for Tottenham this season and he is only going to get better as he reaches his peak years.

At 32, Modric is six years Eriksen's senior and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top on Sunday.  Whoever wins the battle of Tottenham men past and present could determine who moves on to the last eight and who heads home.

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