Croatia officially unveil the 26-Men World Cup Squad.
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Croatia’s national football team has announced their 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar, making them one of the most successful squads in the last tournament which was held in Russia.
With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar just a week away, all the participating nations are starting to announce their final squads for the tournament.
Although they have lost some key players from that group to international retirement, including Danijel Subasic, Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandzukic, coach Zlatko Dalic can still rely on a number of seasoned minds. Four years ago, Modric inspired the Croats to finish as runners-up in Russia, their best performance at a World Cup.
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Chelsea star Kovacic and Tottenham’s versatile Perisic are the two Premier League-based players in the squad, although Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car misses out with Sassuolo’s Martin Erlic preferred.
FIFA 2022 World Cup – Croatia squad
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Ivica Ivušić, Ivo Grbić
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barišić, Josip Juranović, Joško Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanišić, Martin Erlić, Josip Šutalo
Midfielders: Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Mario Pasalić, Nikola Vlašić, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakić, Luka Sučić
Forwards: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Bruno Petković, Mislav Oršić, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja
HERE IT IS! 🥁
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Croatia open their campaign in Qatar against Morocco, before facing Canada, and victory in those two games would set them up nicely for the third game against presumptive group favourites Belgium.
Speaking about his squad selection, Dalic said.:
“These are the players that I and my staff believe in. There will be no pressure, we will take it one game at a time,” The first match for us is the most important and all our focus is on Morocco. We are optimistic but need to be realistic. It is a big deal for Croatia to be at the World Cup, we will take it step by step and do the best we can.”