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Croatia

The Blazers booked their place at a fifth FIFA World Cup following a play-off win over Greece, having finished second behind Iceland in UEFA Group I.


Having dispatched Greece 4-1 in Zagreb, Zlatko Dalić’s men made no mistake in the return fixture as they now set their sights on causing a few upsets at the 2018 showpiece in Russia - much like they did 20 years ago in France.


Davor Šuker inspired Croatia to a third-place finish at the 1998 FIFA World Cup - scooped the tournament’s e Golden Boot accolade with six goals. His nation losing to the eventual champions in the semifinals before defeating a star-studded Netherlands outfit in the bronze medal match.


Captained by Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić, Croatia boast a team packed full of talented individuals.


Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, Ivan Rakitić and Mateo Kovačić post a considerable threat going forward, while the likes of Šime Vrsaljko, Vedran Ćorluka and Danijel Subašić offer valuable experience in defence.


Croatia shipped but four goals in 10 qualifying matches, and had eight different scorers in the group stages - something that should bode well for the Croatians come June next year.

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