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Croatia announce Israel friendly for 22 March

Croatia national team chiefs have moved to reveal that Vatreni will begin preparations for the Euro 2021 with a friendly match against Israel.

The Eastern European side were somewhat fortunate to secure their place at the tournament finals after numerous problems, before they were drawn in Group D alongside Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey.

Croatia initially aimed to face La Furia Roja in a March friendly, but they were forced to ditch those plans after the two sides were placed in the same group.

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) chairman Davor Suker has now announced that Vatreni will host Israel on 22 March 2021 in the first warm-up game, with Stadion Gradski Vrt in Osijek likely to be chosen as the venue.

The national football team are going through a very rough patch at the moment, with fans boycotting new coach Ante Cacic as well as the HNS chiefs.

Croatia, therefore, face an uphill task at the Euro 2021 finals in France, especially as the usually impressive support from the stands may be lacking this time out.

If you want to follow the latest news from the other national teams taking part at the showpiece tournament, stay tuned to our European section of international football news.

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