In the Croatia: Euro 2016 team preview, we’ve compiled the roster and schedule for Croatia, as well as which players to keep an eye out for, and more.
Croatia: Euro 2016 team preview
Manager: Ante Cacic
Captain: Darijo Srna
Croatia: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Sunday, June 12
Friday, June 17
Tuesday, June 21
Croatia: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka)
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Napoli), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marko Rog (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb)
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)
Croatia: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
Despite being able to field a classy starting XI, there is plenty of apprehension about how Croatia will fare at the summer showpiece.
Indeed, most sides in the tournament would love to call upon midfield options as grand as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic, not to mention the attacking class of Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic. But Croatia seem bereft of any direction at this juncture, despite what was a relatively straightforward qualifying process.
Much of that is down to the manager. Cacic took over this team following the sacking of Nico Kovac last year and given his relatively humble coaching background, his appointment hasn’t been galvanising to fans or players. Performances, systems and gameplans have been extremely inconsistent as a result.
Still, with so many superb technical players to call upon, this is a team capable of going toe-to-toe with anyone when purring. Modric dictates from deep with a real menace, while Rakitic typically has more license to scurry forward and make an impression in the final third than he does at club level with Barcelona.
However, they’re a group of player who lack a physicality to complement their natural elegance; Mandzukic has offered that edge in the past, although he’s struggled for the Vatreni as of late, bagging just one goal in qualifying. Skipper Srna and Vedran Corluka are both past their best, although remain key components in the back four too.