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Kovac names Croatia squad for Azerbaijan, Norway qualifiers

Kovac names Croatia squad for Azerbaijan, Norway qualifiersCroatia coach Niko Kovac has moved to announce a 24-man squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers taking place on 3 September and 6 September.

Vatreni sit top of Group H, two points clear of Italy, although the gap will probably be decreased when their one-point deduction is confirmed.

Croatia have a good chance to make a giant step towards the tournament finals by winning in Azerbaijan and they are 1.33 (1/3) to claim maximum points.

Vatreni will be facing third-placed Norway on the road three days later and Niko Kovac has now selected a total of 24 players for the two matches.

As we announced few days ago, Hajduk Split starlet Mijo Caktas earns his first ever call-up, while Fiorentina forward Ante Rebic (10/1) is included as well.

Niko Kovac opted to leave the likes of Alen Halilovic (7/0), Mario Pasalic (2/0), Marko Rog (1/0) and Jozo Simunovic (0/0) in the Under-21 side.

There are no major missings at the moment, with star players Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic all in the side.

Croatia squad:

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk), Ivan Vargić (Rijeka);

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar), Šime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Marko Lešković (Rijeka), Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Danijel Pranjić (Panathinaikos), Marin Leovac (PAOK);

Midfielders: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozović (Inter Milan), Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Mijo Caktaš (Hajduk);

Forwards: Nikola Kalinić (Fiorentina), Ante Rebić (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Perišić (Wolfsburg), Ivica Olić (HSV), Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Andrej Kramarić (Leicester).

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