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Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić to miss Croatia’s opening UEFA Nations League matches

Luka Modric (Photo credit: Светлана Бекетова/Soccer.ru/Creative Commons license) Ivan Rakitic (Photo credit: Анна Нэсси/Soccer.ru/CC license)

ZAGREB, 27 August 2020 – Captain Luka Modrić and vice-captain Ivan Rakitić will miss Croatia’s opening UEFA Nations League matches in September. 

Croatia meets Portugal first up in Porto on 5 September before taking on France in Paris three days later. 

“In agreement with the selector Dalić, captain Luka Modrić and vice-captain Ivan Rakitić will miss the September gathering of the Croatian team, while Wolfsburg stopper Marin Pongračić has dropped out due to illness,” the Croatian Football Federation said today. 

Dalić has called up Antonio Čolak, Ante Budimir, and Mile Škorić to replace them.

In addition, coach Dalić had given two additional days off to Ivan Perišić and Marcel Brozović, who played in the finals of the Champions League and the Europa League, respectively, so they will join the national team on Wednesday, September 2.

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