Rakitic, Modric in Croatia WC squad

Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric have been confirmed in Croatia’s squad for the World Cup.

The pair are joined by Getafe’s Sammir as La Liga representatives in Coach Niko Kovac’s 23-man squad.

Croatia will be part of the tournament’s first game, against hosts Brazil, later playing Cameroon and Mexico in Group A.

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiva Zagreb)

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Gordon Schindelfeld (Panathinaikos)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Mateo Kovacic (Inter), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Sammir (Getafe)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo Da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina)

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