Croatia’s manager Ante Čačić has named his squad this afternoon for the UEFA Euro 2016 in France starting next month…
There was no room in the squad for Dejan Lovren after the Liverpool defender fell out with Čačić after recent friendlies in March, whilst there was room in the squad for Manchester City target Ante Ćorić and fellow Dinamo Zagreb high-rated prospect Marko Rog.
“The players on the squad list for Euro preparations are all fit and ready and we also have a few young Croatian players here too. The friendly matches will serve as a preparation for the first match at Euro in France. We have a tough group and it is important to go with the best squad and to play with our best players at Euro,” Čačić said.
Croatia’s UEFA Euro 2016 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subašić, Lovre Kalinić, Ivan Vargić, Dominik Livaković
Defenders: Darijo Srna, Domagoj Vida, Gordon Schildenfeld, Tin Jedvaj, Vedran Ćorluka, Ivan Strinić, Šime Vrsaljko, Duje Ćaleta-Car
Midfielders: Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, Mateo Kovačić, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozović, Alen Halilović, Ante Ćorić, Marko Rog, Domagoj Antolić
Strikers: Marko Pjaca, Ivan Perišić, Mario Mandžukić, Andrej Kramarić, Nikola Kalinić, Duje Čop
The squad will gather in Zagreb later this week as preparations for Euro 2016 start. They will face Moldova in a friendly on 20 May in Koprivnica, followed by match against San Marino in Rijeka on 27 May. Croatia’s opening match at Euro 2016 will be against Turkey in 12 June. They then face the Czech Republic on 17 June, before meeting Spain on 21 June in their final group match.
Four players from this squad will be cut before Croatia head to France on 31 May.