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Euro 2020 Group D: Croatia – Players To Watch

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Euro 2020 Croatia

Croatia will be looking to go one step further at Euro 2020 after they reached the finals of the 2018 World Cup. They beat tournament favourites England in the semi-finals before being comprehensively beaten by France in the finals. They will need to qualify from Group D where they were drawn with England, Czech Republic and Scotland.

Goalkeeper: Dominik Livakovic

Daniel Subasic announced his retirement from international football after the 2018 World Cup. His heroics were watched from the sidelines by Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper, Dominik Livakovic. He has big shoes to fill but will be boosted by an impressive 6 clean sheets in 11 appearances in the Europa League.

Defence: Dejan Lovren

The self-proclaimed best defender in the world is still the stalwart for Croatia at the back. He plays his football in Russia now and helped Zenit St. Petersburg to win the Russian Premier League.

Midfield: Luka Modric

Luka Modric was in scintillating form during the Czech Republic’s form in the 2018 World Cup. His performances helped him win the 2018 Ballon d’Or. Luka Modric broke a 10-year streak where only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the award. Croatia would be relying on their midfield maestro to go deep into Euro 2020.

Attack: Ivan Perisic

With Mario Mandzukic retired, Croatia has taken to using Ivan Perisic as their most advanced forward. Occasionally Ante Rebic, Nikola Vlasic or Ante Budimir will also take that role but Perisic remains Croatia’s most prolific forward and they will be hoping that his displays as a wing-back for Inter Milan won’t have dulled his goalscoring instinct come summer.

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Predicted line-up: 

Dominik Livakovic; Borna Barisic, Dominic Vida, Dejan Lovren, Filip Uremovic; Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Matteo Kovacic, Nikola Vlasic; Mario Pasalic

Also, Read Euro 2020 Group D: England – Players To Watch

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