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2018 World Cup: 500 Fans Turn Out to Watch Croatia’s First Training

Croatia train in Rovinj (HNS)

More than 500 fans turned out on Sunday in the Istrian town of Rovinj to watch Croatia train for the first time as their 2018 World Cup build-up campaign begun.

The 24-man squad named by coach Zlatko Dalic, minus Dejan Lovren, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic who were on Champions League duty, gathered in camp this weekend after preparations start for next month’s World Cup.

The squad had a light training session under the watchful eyes of coach Dalic and his assistants Ivica Olic and Drazen Ladic at NK Rovinj’s stadium.

Dalic, Olic and Mandzukic (HNS)

The open session attraction around 500 fans, who had a chance to show their support and get photos and autographs after the session.

The squad then held a second session later in the day. Modric, Kovacic and Lovren will join up with the squad in a couple of days. The squad will train in Rovinj next week before flying out to Liverpool on Saturday to play Brazil in a friendly on 3 June.

Some pics from today’s first session in Rovinj.












(Photos: HNS)

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