But he was shedding little light on what may or may not lie ahead this summer, and insisted he was thinking no further ahead than the Euros.
He said: "Of course it is very important. When I am playing for Croatia it is always different to playing for a club because it is a bigger responsibility on us.
"The Croatian people are expecting and expectations are high from us, and thankfully we played a great game.
"We fulfilled their expectation and we are extremely happy that we won, and now we have to prepare well for Thursday for Italy."