Croatia coach Zlatko Kranjcar has retained faith with the players who won their opening World Cup qualifiers, for the match against Bulgaria in Zagreb on October 9.

The only addition to the squad is Club Bruge’s striker Bosko Balaban, who played in the 1-0 friendly win over Israel last month.

Croatia lead Group Eight with six points ahead of Sweden, Bulgaria and Hungary, who each have three. Iceland and Malta have no points.


Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Tomislav Butina (Club Bruges, Belgium), Joey Didulica (Austria Vienna)

Defenders: Robert Kovac (Bayern Munich, Germany), Josip Simunic (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Igor Tudor (Juventus, Italy), Mario Tokic (Graz AK, Austria), Mato Neretljak (Hajduk Split)

Midfielders: Niko Kovac (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Jerko Leko (Dinamo Kiev, Ukraine), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine), Marko Babic (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Jurica Vranjes (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Ivan Leko (Malaga, Spain), Niko Kranjcar (Dinamo Zagreb), Jasmin Agic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Banovic (Nuremberg, Germany)

Strikers: Ivica Mornar (Stade Rennes, France), Dado Prso (Rangers, Scotland), Ivan Klasnic (Werder Bremen, Germany), Ivica Olic (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Bosko Balaban (Club Bruges)