Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic named a 26-man squad for Euro 2020 on Monday, comprising gamers who received silver on the 2018 World Cup and their youthful friends and led by veteran Luka Modric.
“Our newest outcomes weren’t the very best, however I’m an optimist. Our first purpose is to get out of the group,” Dalic instructed reporters.
Croatia have been drawn in Group D, and can play England in London on June 13.
Dalic described that opening match because the hardest within the group stage as England “have good high quality and we play at Wembley”.
Croatia then journey to Glasgow the place they are going to face the Czech Republic on June 18 and Scotland 4 days later.
“We’ve tough opponents, however I consider in us. We’re at our greatest when the going will get robust,” Dalic mentioned.
Captain Modric, 35, is amongst a number of gamers who took half in Croatia’s fantastic run on the World Cup in Russia in 2018 the place they beat England within the semi-final earlier than shedding 4-2 to France within the remaining.
That group of skilled gamers contains defenders Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren and Sime Vrsaljko, midfielders Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic and Milan Badelj in addition to attackers Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric and Ante Rebic.
Whereas expectations from the workforce at house are excessive, Dalic is cautious.
“The bar is about too excessive, our ambitions are usually not lifelike,” he mentioned in an interview with Sportske Novosti every day Monday.
“We’re nonetheless among the many 10 strongest (groups) in Europe, however there are various candidates for the throne who’re forward of us.”
Younger gamers like midfielder Nikola Vlasic, ahead Josip Brekalo and goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic deliver new power, however they want time to achieve their most, he mentioned.
Dalic’s squad contains additionally uncapped 19-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol.
The squad features a stand-by checklist of eight gamers. It have to be formally declared to UEFA by June 1 on the newest.
Goalkeepers (3): Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Cut up), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Simon Sluga (Luton City/ENG)
Defenders (9): Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg/RUS), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Borna Barisic (Rangers/SCO), Duje Caleta-Automobile (Marseille/FRA), Josip Juranovic (Legia Warsaw/POL), Domagoj Bradaric (Lille/FRA), Mile Skoric (Osijek), Josko Gvardiol (Dinamo Zagreb)
Midfielders (7): Luka Modric (Actual Madrid/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea/ENG), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan/ITA), Milan Badelj (Genoa/ITA), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta/ITA), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Luka Ivanusec (Dinamo Zagreb)
Forwards (7): Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim/GER), Ante Rebic (Milan/ITA), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg/GER), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna/ESP)
Stand-by checklist (8): Filip Uremovic (Rubin Kazan/RUS), Marko Livaja (Hajduk Cut up), Toma Primary (Bordeaux/FRA), Marin Pongracic (Wolfsburg/GER), Kristijan Lovric (HNK Gorica), Lovro Majer (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivusic (Osijek), Nikola Moro (Dynamo Moscow/RUS).