Kovač has named a squad of 25 on Monday, and there is good news for Croatian fans as both Luka Modrić and Ivan Perišić, two players who have been out recently with serious injuries, included.
Kovač says he will not be taking the Norwegians lightly.
“Norway have shown so far in the qualifiers that they deserve maximum respect. They are a quality, tough side which we will need to play at the highest level against. We have studied them well and have detected their strengths, as well as their weaknesses which we will try to exploit,” said Kovač.
Goal Keepers: Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk), Ivan Vargić (Rijeka)
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Šahtar), Šime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Ivan Tomečak (Rijeka), Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kijev), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Danijel Pranjić (Panathinaikos), Marin Leovac (Rijeka)
Midfield: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozović (Inter), Mateo Kovačić (Inter), Alen Halilović (Barcelona B)
Strikers: Ivica Olić (Wolfsburg), Mario Mandžukić (Atletico), Ivan Perišić (Wolfsburg), Andrej Kramarić (Leicester), Ante Rebić (Leipzig), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo), Anas Sharbini (Rijeka)
Croatia will play Norway on 28 March at Zagreb’s Maksimir Stadium. Kick off is at 18:00 local time. (photo / Drago Sopta HNS)