Croatia announce 26-man World Cup squad… with Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic selected and Luka Modric ready for his last dance as 2018 finalists look to do better – but there’s no room for Duje Southampton Caleta-Car
- Croatia have announced their 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
- Zlatko Dalic has selected several Premier League players for the tournament
- Tottenham striker Ivan Perisic and Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic are
- While Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car has been removed from the list
- Luka Modric, 37, will be the Croatian midfielder for his last World Cup
Croatia have become the latest country to announce their 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Zlatko Dalic has selected several Premier League players, including Tottenham striker Ivan Perisic and Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
However, players like Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car have been dropped from the roster after being named in the provisional squad in October.
Croatia have officially announced their 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Premier League stars Ivan Perisic of Tottenham and Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea have been included
Croatia will look to excel in the tournament later this month after finishing second at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The pressure will be on Dalic’s shoulders ahead of the tournament and he hopes his selected squad will get the job done.
Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been included in Dalic’s 26-man squad. He will be joined by Josko Gvardiol – who was widely linked with a £78m move to Chelsea this summer.
The defensive line will also include Domagoj Vida, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanisic, Martin Erlic and Josip Sutalo.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric will manage the Croatian midfielder in Qatar. He will be joined by notable names such as Marcelo Brozovic and Kovacic.
Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric (left) will lead the Croatian midline in Qatar
Modric – who has won 154 caps for his country – hopes Croatia can do better than the 2018 tournament in Russia as he retires from international football after this year’s edition.
Perisic has been selected for the tournament in Qatar and will be joined by Andrej Kramaric and Ante Budimir up front.
Marko Livaja has also earned a place in the Croatia squad after excelling domestically with Hajduk Split.
Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car (above) was dropped from the list after being named in the provisional squad in October
Croatia named the following players to their extended provisional squad in October
Meanwhile, Nediljko Labrovic and Dominik Kotarski failed to qualify as Dominik Livakovic, Ivica Ivusic and Ivo Grbic were selected as the three Croatian goalkeepers.
Caleta-Car and Marin Pongracic were dropped from the Croatian defensive line, while Luka Ivanusec and Josip Misic failed to secure a place in midfield.
Moreover, Josip Brekalo and Antonio Mirko Colak have been left out of Croatia’s forward line for the 2022 World Cup.
CROATIA WORLD CUP TEAM
- Dominik Livakovic
- Ivica Ivusic
- Ivo Grbic
- Dejan Lovren
- Domagoj Vida
- Borna Barisic
- Josip Juranovic
- Borna Sosa
- Josip Stanisic
- Martin Erlic
- Josip Sutalo
- Josko Gvardiol
- Luka Modric
- Mateo Kovacic
- Marcelo Brozovic
- Mario Pasalic
- Nikola Vlasic
- Lovro Majer
- Kristijan Jakic
- Luka Sucic
- Ivan Perisic
- Andrej Kramaric
- Bruno Petkovic
- Mislav Orsic
- Before Budimir
- Marko Livaja