FIFA World Cup Update: Modric, Rakitic Headline Croatia Provisional Squad


Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has named a provisional squad of 32 players as the 2018 FIFA World Cup draws closer.

Dalic revealed the 32 man preliminary list on Monday with several star players making the squad as expected.

The list is headlined by creative midfielder Luka Modric who plies his trade at Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.

Luka Modric celebrates with teammate Ivan Rakitic

Modric who is also the captain of the team commands a lot of experience on the team with 104 caps on his name.

Ivan Rakitic who features for La Liga champions Barcelona is also part of the team.

The other notable names for the Croats include Mario Mandzukic, Mateo Kovacic, Dejan Lovren and Ivan Perisic among others.

In all, Dalic named four goalkeepers, twelve defenders, eight midfielders and eight forwards to compete for places in the final 23-man squad.

Croatia team in a previous game (Courtesy Photo)

Croatia is in group D alongside Nigeria, Argentina and debutants Iceland.

Their best performance at the World Cup came in 1998 when they finished third with Davor Suker taking the tournament by storm.

Full list of the 32 players summoned by Croatia’s head coach Zlatko Dalic
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