Croatia boasts a star-studded midfield built around its captain and best player, Luka Modric. Ukraine soccer icon Andriy Shevchenko called Modric “one of the best midfielders ever,” and indeed, when the 32-year-old lines up alongside Real Madrid teammate Mateo Kovacic, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, the Vatreni might just have the best central grouping in the competition. The big question: Can coach Zlatko Dalic get all of the pieces to work together? The team disappointed during the qualification phase and it wouldn’t be a huge shock if it did so again in a loaded Group D.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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