Team analysis

Croatia

Croatia

Croatia squad
No.PlayerBornPos.NEDFRAENGGSClub
1Karlo Letica11/02/1997Goalkeeper9090 HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
2Matej Hudećek27/12/1998Defender909090 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
3Silvio Anočić10/09/1997Defender80* 90 AS Roma (ITA)
4Martin Erlić24/01/1998Defender9090 US Sassuolo Calcio (ITA)
5Vinko Soldo15/02/1998Defender909090 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
6Karlo Plantak11/11/1997Midfield 9090 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
7Josip Brekalo23/06/1998Forward909038*1 VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
8Bojan Kneževič28/01/1997Midfield9056*29+ GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
9Fran Brodić08/01/1997Forward9034+52+ Royal Antwerp (BEL)
10Andrija Balić11/08/1997Midfield73*34+90 Udinese Calcio (ITA)
11Davor Lovren03/10/1998Forward9070* GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
12Ivan Nevistić31/07/1998Goalkeeper 90 HNK Rijeka (CRO)
13Ivan Božić08/06/1997Forward17+56*13+ GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
14Luka Ivanušec26/11/1998Midfield23+9090 NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (CRO)
15Marijan Čabraja25/02/1997Defender10+90 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
16Nikola Moro12/03/1998Midfield67*20+77*1 GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
17Matija Fintić12/06/1997Midfield 61* GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
18Kristijan Jakić14/05/1997Midfield 90 RNK Split (CRO)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Key features: Croatia

Key features: Croatia

  • 1-4-3-3 the default setting with switch to 1-5-3-2 v England
  • Building from back via centre-backs and single screening midfielder
  • Great flexibility, movement among the four middle-to-front players
  • Wingers cutting in to support striker and open spaces for full-backs
  • Occasional high pressing; mostly pressure on ball-carrier, 1-4-5-1 block
  • Brekalo main danger, cutting in, taking on opponents, driving at goal
  • Young team; tactical discipline; mental resilience when behind in all games

Head coach: Ferdo Milin (15/12/1977)