Croatia release their provisional World Cup

Croatia are the latest nation to announce their provisional World Cup squad as they include Premier League stars Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic, while Chelsea target Josko Gvardiol is in… as 2018 runners-up look to go one better in Luka Modric’s swansong

  • Croatia are the latest country to announce their provisional World Cup squad
  • They finished as runners-up in Russia four years ago, losing the final to France 
  • Premier League stars Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Perisic are in the 34-man squad
  • Iconic midfielder Luka Modric is also picked in his final tournament for Croatia
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Croatia have become the latest country to release their provisional World Cup squad ahead of the tournament kicking off in Qatar next month.

Zlatko Dalić’s side, who beat England in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals before losing to France in the final, have named a 34-man squad.

FIFA stipulations meant that national teams had to submit a provisional squad, up to a maximum of 55 names, by October 21, before the deadline for a final 26-man squad on November 13, a week before the tournament gets underway.

Among the names in the Croatia squad are several Premier League players including Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic and Southampton defender Duje Caleta-Car.

Croatia have become the latest country to release their provisional World Cup squad

Zlatko Dalic named 34 players in his provisional World Cup squad ahead of the tournament

Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is included, while legendary Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric – who has won 154 caps for his country and has announced his intention to retire from international football after the tournament, is also in there.

Josko Gvardiol, the RB Leipzig defender who was widely linked with a £78m move to Chelsea in the summer is among the 34 players, while former Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric is included.

Mislav Orsic, who scored the winner for Dinamo Zagreb in their memorable victory against Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this season, is in the 34-man party.

Premier League stars Ivan Perisic of Tottenham and Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea were included

Dalic’s side were runners-up in Russia in 2018, losing to France in the World Cup final

Dalic’s side are seen as a potential dark horse in Qatar after they won their Nations League group which included France, Denmark and Austria. 

Information from other nations on their squads has been quite scant, with England boss Gareth Southgate not publicly announcing his provisional squad or reportedly informing players.

Germany last week became the latest nation to release their list of players, with the headline news including a recall for World Cup match-winner Mario Gotze – who hasn’t played for the national team since 2017, and the inclusion of Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko.

There were also places within the 55-man provisional squad for Premier League players such as Bernd Leno, Thilo Kehrer, Robin Koch, Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz. 

The Netherlands meanwhile also named a 39-man squad earlier this month.

They have included Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, ex-Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn and Man United defender Tyrell Malacia on their list.

Legendary Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is also in, with the Real Madrid star set to retire from international football following the tournament in Qatar

Germany released their list of players last week, naming a 55-man provisional squad

Newcastle defender Sven Botman also made the cut, despite pulling out of the Under-21 squad last month to focus on playing for the Magpies.

There were also places for PSV youngster Cody Gakpo and Bayern starlet Ryan Gravenberch – as well as Ajax prodigy Jurrien Timber.

Uruguay are the only other nation to have publicly announced their list of players, naming a full 55-man squad.

It included veteran Luis Suarez leading the way while recognisable names Diego Godin, Martin Cacares, Ronald Araujo, Edinson Cavani, Lucas Torreira, Federico Valverde and Matias Vecino were also picked. 

Croatia get their World Cup campaign underway on November 23 when they face Morocco. 

The Netherlands named their 39-man provisional World Cup squad earlier this month 

Uruguay’s 55-man squad was also named and includes veterans Luis Suarez and Diego Godin

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