Croatia World Cup squad 2022: Possible 26 players on Croatian national football team roster

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Croatia National team’s run to the World Cup final in 2018 set a new standard for them as an independent nation, after previously reaching the World Cup semifinals of France 1998.

With a squad full of UEFA Champions League talent, Zlatko Dalic’s side finally came together on the world stage four years ago to see off Denmark, Russia and England before losing out to France for the title.

However, they have since regrouped, despite exiting the last 16 for Euro 2020, and Dalic will be looking to coax another appearance at a major tournament from his veteran stars in Qatar.

Captained by Real Madrid star Luka Modrić, Croatia will boast one of the most experienced squads at the World Cup and Dalić will rely on that key know-how to re-invigorate their momentum.

Projected Croatia World Cup squad 2022

Dalic has until Friday, October 21 to submit an official preliminary list of up to 55 players to FIFA, from which he will select a final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday, November 14.

Croatia made their preliminary roster available publicly on October 31, with 34 names on the chart. They announced their final roster will be released on November 9. These are the players listed on the preliminary squad:

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Ivo Grbic Atletico Madrid (SPA) 26 2
Goalkeeper Ivica Ivusic Osijek (CRO) 27 5
Goalkeeper Dominik Kotarski PAOK Thessaloniki (GRE) 0
Goalkeeper Nediljko Labrovic Rijeka (CRO) 23 0
Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 27 33
Defender Borna Barisic Rangers (SCO) 29 27
Defender Duje Caleta-Car Southampton (ENG) 26 23
Defender Martin Erlic Sassuolo (ITA) 24 3
Defender Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig (GER) 20 12
Defender Josip Juranovic Celtic (SCO) 27 21
Defender Dejan Lovren Zenit (RUS) 33 71
Defender Marin Pongracic Lecce (ITA) 25 5
Defender Borna Sosa VfB Stuttgart (GER) 24 8
Defender Josip Stanisic Bayern Munich (GER) 22 6
Defender Josip Sutalo Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 22 3
Defender Domagoj Vida AEK Athens (GRE) 33 99
Midfielder Marcelo Brozovic Inter Milan (ITA) 29 76
Midfielder Luka Ivanusec Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 23 11
Midfielder Kristijan Jakic Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 25 4
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic Chelsea (ENG) 28 83
Midfielder Lovro Majer Rennes (FRA) 24 10
Midfielder Josip Misic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 28 2
Midfielder Luka Modric Real Madrid (SPA) 37 154
Midfielder Mario Pasalic Atalanta (ITA) 27 42
Midfielder Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 33 115
Midfielder Luka Sucic RB Salzburg (AUS) 20 3
Midfielder Nikola Vlasic Torino (ITA) 25 41
Forward Josip Brekalo VfL Wolfsburg (GER) 24 33
Forward Ante Budimir Osasuna (ENG) 31 15
Forward Antonio Colak Rangers (SCO) 29 3
Forward Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim (GER) 31 73
Forward Marko Livaja Hadjuk Split (CRO) 29 14
Forward Bruno Petkovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 28 22
Forward Mislav Orsic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 29 20

Final 26-man Croatia World Cup roster

Croatia start their challenge in Qatar by facing Morocco on November 23, but first they’ll play one final friendly fixture against fellow World Cup hopefuls Saudi Arabia, on November 16.

The biggest injury to keep an eye on is that of midfielder Marcelo Brozovic who encountered a hamstring issue in late September and has missed all of October. He is thought to be nearing a return, but injuries this close to the World Cup can always raise questions.

Here’s a projected look at who could conceivably make it onto the plane for the Croats, assuming everyone is fully fit and available.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 27 33
Goalkeeper Love Kalinic Hadjuk Split (CRO) 32 19
Goalkeeper Ivica Ivusic Osijek (CRO) 27 5
Defender Josip Stanisic Bayern Munich (GER) 22 6
Defender Borna Barisic Rangers (SCO) 29 27
Defender Martin Erlic Sassuolo (ITA) 24 3
Defender Dejan Lovren Zenit St Petersburg (ITA) 33 71
Defender Borna Sosa VfB Stuttgart (GER) 24 8
Defender Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig (GER) 20 12
Defender Domagoj Vida AEK Athens (GRE) 33 99
Defender Josip Juranovic Celtic (SCO) 27 21
Defender Duje Caleta-Car Southampton (ENG) 26 23
Midfielder Lovro Majer Rennes (FRA) 24 10
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic Chelsea (ENG) 28 83
Midfielder Luka Modric Real Madrid (SPA) 37 154
Midfielder Luka Sucic RB Salzburg (AUS) 20 3
Midfielder Marcelo Brozovic Inter Milan (ITA) 29 76
Midfielder Nikola Vlasic Torino (ITA) 25 41
Midfielder Mario Pasalic Atalanta (ITA) 27 42
Midfielder Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 33 115
Forward Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim (GER) 31 73
Forward Marko Livaja Hadjuk Split (CRO) 29 14
Forward Bruno Petkovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 28 22
Forward Ante Budimir Osasuna (ENG) 31 15
Forward Mislav Orsic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 29 20
Forward Josip Brekalo VfL Wolfsburg (GER) 24 33

Croatia World Cup group

Dalic’s Croatia look set for a straight shootout with Belgium for top spot in Group F, with the Red Devils also under pressure to squeeze the last hurrah from their veteran stars.

Canada will pose a threat if either of the European heavyweights struggles, and coach John Herdman could see his side upset the odds in this group.

Croatia Group F fixtures and match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23 Morocco vs. Croatia 5 a.m. Al Bayt
Sun, Nov. 27 Croatia vs. Canada 11 a.m. Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1 Croatia vs. Belgium 10 a.m. Ahmad Bin Ali

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