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Croatia announce provisional 30-man squad for FIFA World Cup 2014; Jelavic makes the cut

Croatia announce provisional 30-man squad for FIFA World Cup 2014; Jelavic makes the cut

Croatia football team

Croatia is one of the last nations to have announced their 30-man provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

Manager Niko Kovac has included Southampton defender Dejan Lovren and Hull striker Nikica Jelavic among his list of players.

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric (73 caps) and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic (54 caps) will be the two crucial players for the Croats this edition. But Mandzukic will be serving a one-match suspension which he picked up in the playoff match against Iceland.

Modric will be partnered by Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla and Niko Krancjar of QPR. Kovac has preferred to go with an experienced squad as he has also selected Ivica Olic of Wolfsburg and Nikica Jelavic of Hull City.

Kovac has also given 5 uncapped players a chance to prove their worth ahead of the summer event.

Croatia have been drawn against host nation Brazil apart from Cameroon and Mexico. They play the inaugural match of the tournament against Brazil on June 12.

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese).

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Hamburg), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe).

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb).

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