Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic spoke with confidence as he named his squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar 2022.
Croatia were finalist in the last World Cup in Russia, where they lost to world champions France. They had beaten Gareth Southgate’s England side in the semi-finals.
It was their best performance in five appearances at the World Cup finals. Their previous best was a third-placed finish at France 1998 – the first World Cup finals following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
Croatia, who finished runners-up in Russia, are in Group E in Qatar, along with Belgium, Canada and Morocco.
The Croatia Squad
Goalkeepers: Domink Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivusic (NK Osijek), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid)
Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zenit St Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranovic (Celtic), Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Borna Sosa (VfB Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Martin Erlic (Sassuolo), Josip Sutalo (Dinamo Zagreb)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino, on loan from West Ham), Lovro Majer (Rennes), Kristijan Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Luka Sucic (RB Salzburg)
Forwards: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham), Andrej Kramaric (1899 Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Marko Livaja (Hajduk Split)