Croatia have officially announced their 26-men squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. The Blazers surprised one and all by reaching the final of the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
They will look to repeat the same feat this term as well. The European nation will kick off its campaign in Group F alongside Morocco, Canada, and Belgium. They are the favourites to qualify for the knockout stages.
Croatia’s squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković( Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivušić(NK Osijek) Ivo Grbić(Atletico Madrid).
Dominik Livaković is likely to be Croatia’s first-choice goalkeeper during the World Cup. He was part of the Blazers squad when they reached the final of the tournament last term.
Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo) and Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb).
Josko Gvardiol is currently among the most promising defenders in Europe and will play a key role for Croatia in Qatar. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are likely to be the European nation’s first-choice centre-back pairing during the tournament.
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalaic (Atalanta). Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Luka Sucic (Red Bull Salzburg).
With Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Marcelo Brozovic, Croatia boast one of the best midfield units in the world. The Blazers’ chances of qualifying for the later stages of the tournament massively rely on them.
Attackers: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham Hotspur), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna Marko) and Livaja (Hajduk Split).
Ivan Perišić was Croatia’s joint-highest goalscorer during the last edition of the competition, with three goals in seven appearances. It will be interesting to see who partners him in the forward line.
Who is Croatia’s best player?
Luka Modric will be Croatia’s talisman in Qatar. The 37-year-old midfielder has represented the Blazers 154 times since making his debut in 2006. He won the 2018’s FIFA World Cup Golden Ball and was also included in the Tournament’s Dream Team last term. Zlatko Dalić will hope his captain replicates the same form later this month.