Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic, says he is confident his squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup will do the country proud.
Dalic cut his provisional World Cup squad list down to 24 on Monday, meaning he still has to reduce it by one more player before the June 4 deadline.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic of Juventus, Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and Dejan Lovren of Liverpool are among the key names in a squad that plays friendlies against Brazil and Senegal before the tournament.
According to espn.co.uk, Dalic stated what influenced his decision on his 24-man selection is confidence on the tested players and reliable fresh legs.
“I can’t make everyone happy, but the World Cup is not the time or the place for sweeping changes,” Dalic told espn.co.uk.
“I have decided to rely on tried and tested stalwarts and a bit of fresh blood.
“I have plenty of faith in this group and we believe we can make our dreams come true.”
Dalic is confident that Mandzukic will lead the attack well when hostilities start in Russia.
He added: “We need two quality players in each position and I see our versatile striker Mandzukic leading the line because that’s his natural position.”
Croatia are in Group D with Nigeria, Argentina and debutant Iceland and will open their campaign against the Super Eagles on June 16 in Kaliningrad.