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Wednesday, 9 September 2009
World Cup 2010 UEFA Preliminary Group 6 qualification match

England 5 Croatia 1 [2-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Croatia Squad

Team Records
   
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The Vatreni Squad for the matches against Belarus and England  September 2009
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Čale, Hrvoje 4 March 1985 24 D Trabzonspor Kulübü, Turkey 2 0
Ćorluka, Vedran 5 February 1986 22 D Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 34 0

Vedran Ćorluka is suspended for the match against England, after being sent off against Belarus.

Drpić, Dino 26 May 1981 28 D Karlsruher SC Mühlburg-Phönix eV, Germany 1 0
Eduardo
 
da Silva, Eduardo Alves
25 February 1983 26 F Arsenal FC, England 26 15
Gabrić, Drago 27 September 1986 22 M Trabzonspor Kulübü, Turkey 0 0

Drago Gabrić placed on the reserve list.

Jurić, Ivan 25 August 1975 33 M Genoa CFC, Italy 5 0
Kalinić, Nikola 5 January 1988 21 F Blackburn Rovers FC, England 3 0

Nikola Kalinić placed on the reserve list.

Klasnić, Ivan 29 January 1980 29 F FC de Nantes, France 35 11

Ivan Klasnić signed on a season-long deal with Bolton Wanderers FC, England, on 1 September.

Kranjčar, Niko 13 August 1984 25 M Portsmouth FC, England 50 7

Niko Kranjčar signed for Tottenham Hotspur FC, England, on 1 September.

Krizanac, Ivica 13 April 1979 30 D FC Zenit Sankt-Petersburg, Russia 7 0
Leko, Jerko 9 April 1980 29 M AS de Monaco FC, France 59 2
Mandzukić, Mario 21 May 1986 23 F NK Dinamo Zagreb 7 1
Modrić, Luka 9 September 1985 23 M Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 36 7

Luka Modrić was forced to pull out of the squad on 29 August due to injury.

Olić, Ivica 14 September 1979 28 F FC Bayern München eV, Germany 66 13
Petrić, Mladen 1 January 1981 28 F Hamburger SV eV, Germany 34 11
Pletikosa, Stipe 8 January 1979 30 G FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 79 0

Stipe Pletikosa pulled out of squad on1 September due to a serious knee injury.

Pokrivač, Nikola 26 November 1985 23 M FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria 7 0
Pranjić, Danijel 2 December 1981 26 M FC Bayern München eV, Germany 24 0
Rakitić, Ivan 10 March 1988 21 M FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 21 7
Runje, Vedran 10 February 1976 33 G RC de Lens, France 9 0
Sharbini, Anas 27 February 1987 22 F HNK Hajduk Split SDD 0 0
Šimunić, Josip 18 February 1979 31 D TSG 1899 Hoffenheim eV, Germany 73 3
Srna, Darijo 1 May 1982 27 M FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine 67 17
Subašić, Danijel 27 October 1984 24 G HNK Hajduk Split SDD 0 0
Vejić, Hrvoje 8 June 1977 32 D HNK Hajduk Split SDD 5 0
Vukojević, Ognjen 20 December 1983 25 M FC Dynamo Kyiv, Russia 15 1

Squad details correct up to and including Croatia's match against Belarus on 5 September 2009.

Diary

Monday, 24 August 2009 - Slaven Bilić named a full-strength Croatia squad for upcoming World Cup 2010 qualifiers against Belarus and England early next month.  Croatia face Belarus at home on September 5 before travelling to London for a showdown with England four days later.  Bilić's 24-man squad features several players from the English Premier League including the in-form Tottenham midfielder Luka Modrić and Brazil-born Arsenal striker Eduardo Da Silva.

The only player missing is defender Robert Kovac due to an injury. The Dinamo Zagreb veteran was not expected to make the starting line-up for the two qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. 

Sunday, 30 August 2009 - Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that midfielder Luka Modric broke his leg during the side's 2-1 victory over Birmingham City on Saturday.  The Croatian international was forced to withdraw from the match at White Hart Lane just after half time.  Subsequent X-rays have revealed that the 23-year-old has sustained a fracture to his right fibula.  Coach Bilić told Sportske Novosti, acknowledging that the midfielder has been an important part of the team. "But we shouldn't dramatise; it is not a disaster.  We have a goal and we will achieve it - even without Modrić."  Bilić added that he would not introduce new players to replace Modrić but that others - namely Niko Kranjcar, who plays for Portsmouth, and Ivan Rakitic of Schalke - will have to make up for his absence.  Modrić said his "whole world crumbled" when he learned that the injury will keep him out of Croatia's matches. He limped off following a light collision with Lee Bowyer in Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Birmingham City. His club said Modrić does not require surgery.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009 - Slaven Bilić has once again received bad news as goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa has followed Luka Modrić in withdrawing from the squad.  The 30-year-old goalkeeper sustained an injury at a training session with his club, Spartak Moscow, last week and underwent further examination on Tuesday to clarify the seriousness of his injury. Doctors told the 79-time capped international that he will be unavailable for around six months due to his knee injury. Pletikosa will undergo surgery in the near-future.  Bilić will most likely call Panathinaikos shot-stopper Mario Galinovic up to replace the injured custodian.

Croatia Form: last six games
W W W D W W    f 14:a success: 92%
197 15 October 2008 - Croatia 4 Andorra 0 [2-0]
Stadion Maksimir, Maksimir, Zagreb
Rakitic (2 (1 pen)), Olic, Modric WCP HW
198 11 February 2009 - Romania 1 Croatia 2 [1-1]
Stadional Lia Manoliu, Bucureşti
Marica
Rakitic, Eduardo
Fr AW
199 1 April 2009 - Andorra 0 Croatia 2 [0-2]
Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra La Velle
Klasnic, Eduardo WCP AW
200 6 June 2009 - Croatia 2 Ukraine 2 [1-1]
Stadion Maksimir, Maksimir, Zagreb
Petric, Modric
Shevchenko, Gay
HD
201 12 August 2009 - Belarus 1 Croatia 3 [0-1]
Dinamo Stadion, Lyeninski, Minsk
Verkhovtsov
Olic (2), Eduardo
AW
202 5 September 2009 - Croatia 1 Belarus 0 [1-0]
Stadion Maksimir, Maksimir, Zagreb
Rakitic HW

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