By News Team
Last Updated: 17th June 2021
Have Croatia still got the edge to match their efforts from the World Cup in 2018 that saw them go 90 minutes from becoming world champions?
Zlatko Dalic has high hopes and previous success weighing on his shoulders after going almost the distance in the last major international tournament. But can his aging squad still be a powerhouse on the biggest stage?
Despite one of their major talents retiring from international football in Mario Mandzukic in 2018, followed by Ivan Rakitic in 2020, Croatia still retain their core players in Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic. This spine would probably get into most teams competing this year and with a Ballon d’Or winner in their ranks in Modric, they must still fancy their chances.
Ahead of the Euros, we have taken a look at all you need to know about the nation for their campaign – ranging from the Croatia squad announcement, their upcoming fixtures and the latest and best odds for their tournament chances.
Who’s in the confirmed line up for the Croatia 2021 squad?
With some key players retiring for Croatia since the 2018 World Cup, it has given an opportunity for new players to come to the fore, such as Domagoj Bradaric and Josip Brekalo. Modric and Kovacic have been scintillating as ever this year and will be key figures for Croatia if they are to go deep into the tournament.
Who do Croatia play next at the Euros
As for the Croatia Euro fixtures, they have been drawn alongside England, Scotland and Czech Republic in Group D. They opened their campaign against England at Wembley on June 13 in a tight affair in which the hosts prevailed.
Next up they face Czech Republic on June 18 in Glasgow, before finishing their group stage campaign against Scotland on June 22.
What are the odds that Croatia win the Euros?
As previously mentioned, Croatia have seriously high class talent in their squad this year, as well as up and coming exciting youngsters.
They start as 50/1 outsiders for the tournament. If they are going to repeat their heroics of 2018 they will need one of their star men in Ante Rebic to be on song, and he is currently 6/1 to be Croatia’s top scorer for the tournament.
What’s the latest news on the Croatia football team?
With no injuries to report, Croatia will be looking to respond to their opening loss against England with a victory against Czech republic, but with their stars aging in Perisic and Modric, the welcome five-day gap in between games will certainly be in their favour.