Croatia coach Otto Baric has named a 19-man squad for Wednesday's friendly against England composed entirely of players from overseas leagues.
With goalkeepers Tomislav Butina and Stipe Pletikosa having joined Club Brugge KV and FC Shakhtar Donetsk respectively, no home-based players are left in Baric's party. Milan Rapaic is included despite currently being without a club since leaving HNK Hajduk Split, but Mladen Petric is injured and misses the friendly at Ipswich Town FC's Portman Road stadium.
However, Baric has warned that Rapaic and Shakhtar's Darijo Srna must find regular first-team football if they are to play in the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifiers. Croatia are currently second in Group 8, a point behind leaders Bulgaria with three games left.
Their next qualifier is in Andorra on 6 September, followed by a trip to Belgium four days later and a final home match against Bulgaria on 11 October.
Pletikosa, Butina, Šimic, R Kovac, Tudor, Tomas, Šimunic, Zivkovic, Srna, Rosso, N Kovac, Leko, Rapaic, Babic, Hrman, Olic, Pršo, Mornar, I Maric.
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