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FIFA World Cup update: Lovren and Jelavic in Croatia’s provisional squad

FIFA World Cup update: Lovren and Jelavic in Croatia’s provisional squad

Niko Kovac’s team saw its power bolstered by some points after Southampton defender Dejan Lovren and Hull striker Nikica Jelavic have been included in Croatia’s provisional World Cup squad. Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric, and Eduardo—all coming from major European leagues—were also reported to be part of Vetreni.

 

Kovac’s current slate, which is composed of 28 men, will prove to be one of Croatia’s best ensemble in years. However, there is an important challenge that the coach has to carry out: he needs to cut the headcount to just 23 in order to finalize the country’s World Cup lineup. They will be pitted in Group A against Mexico, Cameroon, and host country Brazil. The powerhouse cluster thus entails a critical selection of only the best and most deserving players.

 

Dejan Lovren was once part of the French club Lyon, where he won a Coupe de France. Prior to this, he was a champion on multiple occasions in Croatia’s top-flight tournament through Dinamo Zagreb as well as a victor in Druga HNl with Inter Zapresic. Internationally, he was a prolific goal scorer in Croatia’s 3-1 victory against Malta in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. He also delivered the crucial equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Wales in a match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications.

 

Nikica Jelavic, meanwhile, has been with the senior national team since 2009, where he was able to score five goals since his debut. This has therefore made him an easy pick for Kovac. In domestic leagues of various countries, he has been with six clubs. He was most successful with Rangers, where he scored a total of 30 goals. Overall, he already netted 88 goals from all domestic league competitions.

 

Defender Josip Simunic, despite having 105 caps, missed the lineup after failing an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-game ban for making a fascist salute in November. Two players—Dnipro left-back Ivan Strinic and Hamburg midfielder Ivo Ilicevic—have also been ruled out of Vatreni’s initial 30-man selection through injury.

 

For more updates, news, and insights into the FIFA World Cup, read blogs by 12BET.

 

Featured Image: Nikica Jelavic | Source: theguardian.com

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