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Croatia Euro 2021 team list, components and newest group news

Striker Bruno Petkovic is anticipated to fill Mario Mandzukic’s huge boots at Euro 2020 as Croatia goal to reach the last 16. Mandzukic, who scored an additional time winner in a 2-1 success over England in their 2018 World Cup semi-final, is among numerous stalwarts who hung up their global boots after Croatia were beaten by France 4-2 in the last. There were not a surprises in coach Zlatko Dalic’s team as a bulk of those who led that World Cup project were called together with a host of gamers wanting to impress on the huge phase. Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are most likely to be Dalic’s first-choice centre backs once again while 35-year old captain Luka Modric will continue to drive the midfield. “Petkovic has to be at Euro 2020 what Mandzukic was in Russia,” Dalic informed the online edition of day-to-day Sportske Novosti. “He has shown that he is capable of leading the line but he has to be in top form. If not, Andrej Kramaric and Ante Budimir are the alternatives.” The talented Petkovic has actually scored 6 objectives in 13 looks for Croatia however is yet to be checked on the most significant phase after making his launching in March 2019. The Croatians deal with England, Scotland and the Czech Republic in Euro 2020 Group D and open their project versus the English at Wembley on June 13. They deal with the Czechs at Hampden Park on June 18 where they likewise lock horns with Scotland in their last group match 4 days later on. Dalic soft-pedaled Croatia’s possibilities of imitating or exceeding their World Cup success. “The primary goal is to reach the knockout stages and what makes it difficult is the fact that England and Scotland will be hosts in their games against us,” he stated. “England will be our most difficult opponents because they are a top quality side and we’ll be playing them at Wembley. “Our will-power and energy levels are the very same as prior to the World Cup, however the environment is various. The bar is too expensive and expectations are impractical now whereas nobody had any prior to we went to Russia. “We are still among the top 10 sides in Europe but there are many teams with a better chance of winning Euro 2020.” Croatia Euro 2021 team Goalkeepers: Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Simon Sluga (Luton Town) Protectors: Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Joško Gvardiol (RB Leipzig), Domagoj Bradarić (LOSC Lille), Mile Škorić (Osijek), Dejan Lovren (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Duje Caleta-Car (Marseille), Josip Juranovic (Legia Warsaw) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Internazionale), Milan Badelj (Genoa), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow), Ivan Perisic (Internazionale) Forwards: Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Kristijan Lovric (Gorica), Ante Rebić (Air Conditioning Milan), Bruno Petković (Dinamo Zagreb) Croatia Euro 2021 components England vs Croatia, Sunday June 13, 2pm Croatia vs Czech Republic, Friday June 18, 5pm Croatia vs Scotland, Tuesday June 22, 8pm Group D newest standings

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