Croatia coach Slaven Bilic on Wednesday named a 22-man squad for FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers against Kazakhstan on 6 September and England four days later, both to be played in Zagreb.
Bilic stressed that the squad was weakened by the absence of Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who underwent surgery on a ruptured ankle ligament earlier Wednesday, after being hurt in a friendly against Slovenia last week.
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Spartak Moscow/RUS), Vedran Runje (Lens/FRA)
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Manchester City/ENG), Dario Simic (AC Milan/ITA), Robert Kovac (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Josip Simunic (Hertha Berlin/GER), Dario Knezevic (Juventus/ITA), Hrvoje Vejic (Tomsk/RUS), Ivica Krizanac (Zenit St Petersburg/RUS)
Midfielders: Danijel Pranjic (Heerenveen/NED), Nikola Pokrivac (Monaco/FRA), Niko Kovac (Salzburg/AUT), Luka Modric (Tottenhamn/ENG), Jerko Leko (Monaco/FRA), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR), Ivan Rakitic (Schalke 04/GER)
Strikers: Mladen Petric (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Ivica Olic (Hamburg/GER), Ivan Klasnic (Nantes/FRA), Nikola Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Marijo Mandzukic (Dinamo Zagreb)