Missing 11 players from the squad who were in Belgrade on Friday for the World Cup qualifier against Serbia, including goal-scorer Mario Mandzukic, Luka Modric, Joe Simunic, Vedran Corluka and Ivica Olic, under pressure coach Igor Stimac will look to local-based youngsters to do the job which the first-team done against the Koreans back in February at Craven Cottage in London, when they thumped them 4-0. Stimac will also be without Ante Rebric and Mateo Kovacic either, as they have been released to play for the U-21 side in the Ukraine.
Stimac has been under the microscope in the press since Friday’s 1-1 draw with Serbia, with many critics calling the inexperienced Stimac ‘clueless’. A poll in the leading local daily saw only 3% of fans saying they still had faith in the former Derby County captain. The match kicks off tomorrow night at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 1:00pm Croatian time. (pic: HNS)