Zlatko Dalić, the manager of the Croatia national team announced the names of the final 26-squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
‘These are the players that I and my staff believe in. There will be no pressure, we will take it one game at a time. The first match for us is the most important and all our focus is on Morocco. We are optimistic but need to be realistic. It is a big deal for Croatia to be at the World Cup, we will take it step by step and do the best we can. The team from 2018 had one player from the Croatian league, this team has 7-8. Also that team in 2018 had played together for 10 years and went through a lot of tough moments. It is good we have older players like Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović and Ivan Perišić here. I believe in our young players we have, but without the older players as well it won’t work‘, Dalić stated today.
FIFA 2022 World Cup: Croatia squad
Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Ivica Ivušić, Ivo Grbić
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barišić, Josip Juranović, Joško Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanišić, Martin Erlić, Josip Šutalo
Midfielders: Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Mario Pasalić, Nikola Vlašić, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakić, Luka Sučić
Forwards: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Bruno Petković, Mislav Oršić, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja
The eight players who miss out after being named in the 34-man squad last week are: Dominik Kotarski, Nediljko Labrović, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Marin Pongracić, Josip Mišić, Luka Ivanušec, Antonio Mirko Čolak and Josip Brekalo.
The Croatian national team will gather on November 13 and 14 in Zagreb, from where it will travel to Riyadh on November 14 for a friendly match with Saudi Arabia on November 16, Croatia Week writes.
Two days later, the national team travels to its base camp in Qatar, where the FIFA World Cup begins on November 20.
23 November: CROATIA v Morocco – Al Bayt Stadium – 11 am (Croatian time)
27 November: CROATIA v Canada – Khalifa International Stadium – 5 pm
1 December: CROATIA v Belgium – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium – 4 pm
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