6/4/2018 3:21:41 PM (GMT+3)

Croatia drop Mitrovic from Russia-bound World Cup squad

Croatia drop Mitrovic from Russia-bound World Cup squad

Zagreb, Croatia: Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said that defender Matej Mitovic was the man being dropped in the 23-member squad for the Russia World Cup.

Mitrovic had not played for Club Brugge since April 19 and that was one of the reasons the defender was dropped from the team, the coach added.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I was saying that one defender will be removed and I stuck to that,” said Dalic. “This is my choice and I stand by it.”

Croatia are appearing at the World Cup for the fifth time and have been drawn alongside two time former champions Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland in Group D.

The Croatia squad is led by international stars Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, but on Sunday it lost a warmup game, 2-0, to Brazil in Liverpool.

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