Croatia Euro 2024 squad review: Man City duo make cut

Head coach Zlatko Dalic has announced his 26-man Croatia Euro 2024 squad for the upcoming tournament in Germany, with an additional few players on standby in case of any needed last-minute changes.

The Vatreni reached Euro 2024 via second place in their qualifying group, with 16 points from their eight games. However, the real work has only just begun, as Spain and Italy await them in this tournament's group of death, alongside minnows Albania.

Luka Modric
38-year-old Modric could be playing in his last major tournament for Croatia – Photo by Icon Sport

Croatia – Key facts

Year founded: 1940

Nickname: The Vatreni

Current FIFA ranking: 10

Highest FIFA ranking: 3

Year of Euro debut: 1996

Best Euro performance: Quarter-finals

Player to watch: Luka Modric

Full Croatia Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeeper

  • Dominik Livakovic
  • Ivica Ivusic
  • Nediljko Labrovic

Defence

  • Domagoj Vida
  • Josip Juranovic
  • Josko Gvardiol
  • Borna Sosa
  • Josip Stanisic
  • Josip Sutalo
  • Martin Erlic
  • Marin Pongracic

Midfield

  • Luka Modric
  • Mateo Kovacic
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Mario Pasalic
  • Nikola Vlasic
  • Lovro Majer
  • Luka Ivanusec
  • Luka Sucic
  • Martin Baturina

Attack

  • Ivan Perisic
  • Andrej Kramaric
  • Bruno Petkovic
  • Marko Pjaca
  • Ante Budimir
  • Marco Pasalic
Perisic did not have the best of times at Spurs – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in Croatia Euro 2024 squad

Josip Sutalo

Sutalo is perhaps a surprise inclusion in the squad given Ajax's poor season, as they finished fifth in the Eredivisie, while conceding an astonishing 61 goals – the most of any team in the top half of the table. Meanwhile, Duje Caleta-Car of Lyon and Borna Barisic of Rangers have been left on the standby list, despite having better domestic seasons with their respective clubs.

Ivan Perisic

Perisic has been an excellent servant to Croatian football, but at 35 years of age, his best days are behind him now, making this something of an eyebrow raiser. It did not quite work out for him at Tottenham Hotspur, and so he has joined Hadjuk Split on a free transfer. Croatia's need for new blood is a pressing one, but he could at least provide some sagely guidance on the pitch for those experiencing their first Euros.

In-form players for Croatia

Josko Gvardiol

Gvardiol went on a rare scoring spree at the back end of the Premier League season for Manchester City, scoring an impressive four goals in their last seven league matches to help them lift the title for an unmatched fourth successive time. Indeed, he will be hoping to carry his form into the Euros this summer.

Mario Pasalic

Fresh off the back of winning the UEFA Europa League with Atalanta, Pasalic will be hoping to carry this momentum and winning mentality with him to the Euros. He boasts seven goals and seven assists from 48 matches in all competitions so far this term, and will be challenging for a starting place in midfield.

Bruno Petkovic and Andrej Kramaric
It will be an intersting battle to see who leads the line for Croatia – Igor Sobanl/PIXSELL – Photo by Icon Sport

Croatia Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Croatia vs Spain

(4-3-3) Livakovic, Juranovic, Vida, Gvardiol, Stanisic, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Perisic, Kramaric, Pasalic

A tough opener for Croatia may see them operate a three-man midfield to try and combat Spain's possession-based style, with the experience of Modric to try and get on the ball and dictate play in the middle of the park.

Each player in the starting XI has played at a high level of football, and share a lot of tournament experience that has served them well in recent years.

Croatia vs Albania

(4-3-3) Livakovic, Juranovic, Vida, Gvardiol, Stanisic, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Perisic, Kramaric, Pasalic

We do not expect Croatia to change too much tactically, although against the weakest opponents in the group on paper in Albania, the full-backs Juranovic and Stanisic will be expected to bomb forward.

Meanwhile, Modric may take up a more traditional number 10 position to help thread balls through to the front three.

Croatia vs Italy

(4-3-3) Livakovic, Juranovic, Erlic, Gvardiol, Stanisic, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Vlasic, Kramaric, Pasalic

Croatia's final group game could well be a decider in terms of who joins favourites Spain in the knockout stages. With plenty of their opponents based in Serie A, Torino's Vlasic and Sassuolo's Erlic could come in to help combat this.

In terms of players who could potentially make way for them in the starting XI, 35-year-old's Vida and Perisic may not be able to play in every match, and so could be given a rest.


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