Croatia will take a talented squad but ageing with them to the 2018 Russia World Cup. They have a chance of going far this summer. with some star players at the peak of their international careers. Experienced captain Darijo Srna will be accompanied by the likes of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic as Croatia look to bounce back from the disappointment of the finals in Brazil in 2014.
Croatia have a squad capable of challenging the best in the world and on their day they can be a real force. Croatia could easily advance into the knockout rounds with a favourable group and we have identified some of the key Croatia players to look out for having secured your Croatia Euro 2016 tickets from Football Ticket Pad
Without a shadow of doubt, Croatia's star man in Luka Modric. The playmaker is a vital cog in the Croatia team and pulls the strings from midfield with his vision and creativity. The Real Madrid man will have a vital role to play this summer and if he is given time to pick a pass he will be able to hurt teams this summer at 2018 World Cup. Modric looks set to be given a free role in midfield which will allow him to surge forward at every opporunity and provide assistance to the Croatia strikers. Unlike previous years, Modric has got two world class midfield partners in the middle of midfield in the shape of Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Rakitic which will allow Modric to express himself and play with more freedom.
Juventus' striker Mario Mandzukic may also have a say when it comes to goals for Croatia this summer. The forward has plenty of international experience and was a key man at Euro 2012 for Croatia. Despite getting knocked out at the Group Stage, Mandzukic has scored three goals in three games before Croatia were eliminated and still remains a prolific threat at 31 years of age. Mandzukic was their top scorer in qualifying and he will be Croatia main threat at Russia 2018. He is a real threat in the air and his experience will make him a useful asset to Croatia this summer.
One to watch out for
The 23-year old Mateo Kovacic is becoming a important player for Croatia after first appearing for his country in 2014. Kovacic talent was soon spotted and was signed by Spanish giants, Real Madrid two seasons ago. Kovacic is nicknamed 'The Professor' due to his impressive dribbling ability and tenacity in midfield. Many would argue he is the complete player and at the age of 23, Kovacic still has a lot to offer and looks set to become a key player for Croatia at 2018 World Cup in Russia. Ivan Perisic is another star to watch out for, He is a real danger on the wing and his talent has led to the likes of Manchester United to enquire about his services to Inter Milan.
Alen Halilovic. The young attacking midfielder has rather flatteringly been dubbed 'the new Messi' as he looks to stamp him mark on the international stage. Halilovic became the yougest ever player to play for his country after making his debut against Portugal in 2013 aged 16. The Hamburg midfielder is currently on loan at Las Palmas and has an impressive turn of pace and is capable of using either foot. The Dubrovnik born player is devastating when running at defenders and Croatia will look to play to his strengths at 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer as his stock in European football continues to rise.
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