Squad update

The major casualty of Ante Cacic’s final 23-man selection was Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, who was dropped following an argument during the March friendly against Hungary.

Cacic ignored the claims of Marin Tomasov and Chelsea’s Mario Pasalic while midfielders Domagoj Antolic and Alen Halilovic were included in the provisional 27-man list but left out of the final 23, with Cacic claiming they would not cope well with being reserves in France.

Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen) was the beneficiary of Lovren’s exclusion, while the Dinamo Zagreb trio of Marko Rog, Ante Coric and Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb) all made the cut, along with striker Andrej Kramaric who spent the second half of the season on loan at Hoffenheim after failing to break into the Leicester City starting line-up.

Final squad


Name: Lovre Kalinic
Caps/goals: 4/0
Club: Hajduk Split
Age: 26 (03.04.90)
Tall with extraordinary reflexes. Has a great career in front of him and likely to leave Hajduk soon.

Danijel Subasic
Monaco (Fra)
Age 32 (27.10.84)
Patiently waited for his chance, which finally came Stipe Pletikosa stepped down. One of the best keepers in Ligue 1.

Ivan Vargic
Age 29 (15.03.87)
Solid keeper who will join Lazio for next season. Will probably get the nod ahead of Dominik Livakovic as third choice.


Vedran Corluka
Lokomotiv Moscow (Rus)
Age 30 (05.02.86)
Stopper, usually faultless, one of the key players in the team. Clever reader of the game and good passer.

Tin Jedvaj 
Bayer Leverkusen (Ger)
Age 20 (28.11.95)
Highly-rated young centre-back. Getting his career back on track after an ill-fated move to Roma from Dinamo Zagreb

Gordon Schildenfeld
Dinamo Zagreb
Age 31 (18.03.85)
Experienced stopper, slow but an excellent reader of the game. Troubled by injuries and eyesight but reborn since a return to Dinamo.

Darijo Srna
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr)
Age 34 (01.05.82)
Captain, right-back, free-kick expert, record cap-holder, preparing for his final tournament in France. Joint top scorer, with Mandzukic.

Ivan Strinic
Napoli (Ita)
Age 28 (17.07.87)
The only real candidate for left-back but not a regular with his club. Attack-minded, delivers an outstanding cross.

Domagoj Vida
Dinamo Kiev (Ukr)
Age 27 (29.04.89)
Versatile defender who can plays on both the right or left side.

Sime Vrsaljko
Sassuolo (Ita)
Age 24 (10.01.92)
Right-back, competitive, strong runner who likes to join the attack and can deliver a good cross.


Milan Badelj
Fiorentina (Ita)
Age 27 (25.02.89)
Defensive midfielder. A strong personality and dedicated professional, but subject to injuries.

Marcelo Brozovic
Internazionale (Ita)
Age 24 (16.11.92)
Equally at home with attacking or defensive tasks. A good improvisor, excellent shot.

Ante Coric
Dinamo Zagreb
Age 19 (14.04.97)
Creative midfielder, one of Croatia’s most promising players, being watched by number of big clubs.
Mateo Kovacic
Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 22 (06.05.94)
Talented midfielder controller who hasn’t yet fully fulfilled his potential. A clever improvisor during games.

Luka Modric
Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 31
A key man for Real Madrid and performs the same role for his country. Directs team play, a great dribbler and accurate shooter.

Ivan Rakitic
Barcelona (Spa)
Age 28 (10.03.88)
Great mix of midfield grafter and and creator. Has an extremely accurate shot and a clever provider of assists.

Marko Rog
Dinamo Zagreb
Age 19 (19.07.95)
Attacking midfielder rewarded with a call-up following a strong first season with Dinamo.


Duje Cop
Dinamo Zagreb
Age 26 (01.02.90)
Striker with a fine scoring record in the Croatian league. Spent last season on loan at Malaga.

Nikola Kalinic
Fiorentina (Ita)
Age 28 (05.01.88)
Good all-round striker, who can shoot with both feet and a useful provider of assists. A Europa League finalist with Dnipro in 2015 before joining Fiorentina.

Andrej Kramaric
Hoffenheim (Ger)
Age 24 (19.06.91)
Natural goalscorer who has recovered his career in Germany after failing to make an impact at Leicester.

Mario Mandzukic
Juventus (Ita)
Age 30 (21.05.86)
Team’s main striker, fiery, combative, inexhaustible. Strong in the air, useful in defensive tasks.

Ivan Perisic
Internazionale (Ita)
Age 27 (02.05.89)
Attacking midfielder, quick, useful as a second striker. Can also play on right or left. Scorer of spectacular goals.

Marco Pjaca
Dinamo Zagreb
Age 21 (06.05.95)
Bright new hope, similar style to Alen Boksic. Recently broke his collarbone but is expected to recover in time for finals.