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Croatia Names Final World Cup Squad

Croatia names final World Cup squad (HNS)

Croatia football coach Zlatko Dalić has announced his final squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia on Monday in Zagreb.

Eight players were cut from the preliminary squad of 32 which was named last week with the Croatian coach naming 24 players today.  Luka Modric will lead Croatia in Russia in what could well be his last World Cup.

Modric will captain Croatia in Russia (Photo: HNS)

Croatia 24-man World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Lovre Kalinić (Gent), Dominik Livaković (Dinamo)

Defenders: Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv), Domagoj Vida (Bešiktaš), Ivan Strinić (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Šime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivarić (Dynamo Kijev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Matej Mitrović (Club Brugge), Duje Ćaleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg),

Midfielders: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozović (Inter), Filip Bradarić (Rijeka)

Strikers: Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Ivan Perišić (Inter), Nikola Kalinić (Milan), Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebić (Eintracht)

One player from the defenders will be omitted from the 24-man squad with 23 travelling to Russia. Dalic named an extra defender today due to injury concerns but one will drop out before the squad heads off to Russia.

The squad will gather in Rovinj on 26 May.

Zlatko Dalic (HNS)

Croatia will play Brazil on 3 June at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, at 3 pm local time in the first of two final warm-up matches. Dalic’s side will then face Senegal at Gradski Vrt in Osijek on 8 June before they head off to Russia.

Croatia will meet Argentina, Nigeria, and Iceland when the World Cup starts in Russia in June.

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