Croatia head coach trimed his preliminary 30-man squad to 23
TheReal Madrid’s Luka Modric and Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo are also in Niko Kovac’s squad.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Shakhtar Donetsk striker Eduardo are in Niko Kovac’s squad.
Striker Duje Cop of Dinamo Zagreb, midfielders Milan Badelj (Hamburg) and Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), and Udinese defender Igor Bubnjic also missed the cut from the original 28-man squad.
Dnipro left-back Ivan Strinic and Hamburg midfielder Ivo Ilicevic, who also missed Euro 2012, will not be going to Brazil because of leg injuries.
Croatia are in Group A, alongside hosts Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon.
Croatia 23-man roster for Brazil 2014
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Sammir (Getafe).
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina),