Croatian coach Zlatko Dalic will announce his 26-man squad for the World Cup on November 9. However, Dalic has named his 34-man provisional squad, which includes three previously unselected players: goalkeepers Nediljko Labrovic and Dominik Kotarski, and Josip Misic, who plays for Dinamo Zagreb.
Guardians: Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivusic (Osijek), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid), Dominik Kotarski (PAOK), Nediljko Labrovic (Rijeka)
Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zénith Saint-Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Duje Caleta-Car (Southampton), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Marin Pongracic (Lecce), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalaic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt) ), Luka Sucic (Red Bull Salzburg), Josip Misic (Dinamo Zagreb)
What are Croatia’s chances?
Drawn in Group F, Croatia have Belgium as their main rival for supremacy, and progress to the round of 16 is all but assured with Canada and Morocco, who complete the group.
According to the latest Fifa rankings, Croatia are the seventh best team in the world, well capable of causing an upset in the round of 16, just as they did in 2018 when they reached the final.
After that, the team appeared to be in decline, after poor performances in the 2020 Nations League campaign and the 2021 European Championship. However, Croatia recently won their Nations League group, ahead of France, Denmark and Austria.
Dalic recently brought in some debutants in a bid to freshen up the squad that reached the tournament final in Russia four years ago. He gave starts to, among others, Josip Stanisic, who plays at club level for Bayern Munich, and Kristijan Jakic of Eintracht Frankfurt.
After a shaky start to the qualifying campaign, Croatia topped their group ahead of Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta and runners-up Russia, who were subsequently suspended from the tournament.
After a successful Nations League campaign, Croatia have just one more game to play – the friendly with Saudi Arabia on November 16 – before kicking off their World Cup against Morocco 17 days later. .
Who is likely to be the star performer?
In a team studded with international stars, such as Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic, Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic and Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric remains the brightest in the firmament. A master of midfield chemistry and Champions League title holder with Real Madrid, Modric is his country’s most capped player, with 152 international appearances. He will be 37 at this year’s World Cup.
“I’m sure he will stay in the team and it won’t be his last major tournament,” coach Dalic said. “Luka is playing incredible football and he can continue to do so.”
What are Croatia’s matches?
What is Croatia’s World Cup record?
Croatia have qualified for all but one World Cup tournament since their independence in 2010, and their appearances are conditioned by their exceptional results: third place at France 1998, which made them the best debutants classified since Eusebio’s Portugal in 1966, and finalist of Russia 2018.
Modric was awarded the Ballon d’Or for the tournament’s best player, his performance in Russia contributing to his Ballon d’Or win later that year.
Argentina | Australia | Belgium | Brazil | Cameroon | Canada | Costa Rica | Croatia | Denmark | Ecuador | England | France | Germany | Ghana | Iran | Japan | Mexico | Morocco | Netherlands | Poland | Portuguese | Qatar | Saudi Arabia | Senegal | Serbia | South Korea | Spain | Switzerland | Tunisia | Uruguay | United States | Wales
In what will certainly be Luka Modric’s last World Cup, can Croatia top the group? See all the latest group winner odds
Croatia are 50/1 to win the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
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