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Croatia World Cup 2022 squad, predicted line-up versus Argentina and star players

12:30 GMT+3 11/12/2022
Croatia World Cup squad Modric Perisic Kovacic
Who will Zlatko Dalic pick in his starting XI against Argentina in the semifinal?

2018 World Cup finalists Croatia will hope to go one step further as they continue their 2022 campaign in the semifinal against Argentina.

Having missed out on the trophy last time around, star midfielder and captain Luka Modric will be hoping to come back home with the iconic trophy this time around.

Having graduated from a group consisting of Belgium, Morocco and Canada and then knocking out Japan and tournament favourites Brazil, they are now set to take on Argentina in the next round of the tournament on December 13.

Zlatko Dalic's squad feature familiar faces such as Modric, Andrej Kramaric, Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic.

Let see how many of those players will make the starting XI up when they come up against Argentina in the second knockout round of the competition.

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  • Dominik Livakovic Croatia World Cup 2022


    Dominik Livakovic has been Dalic's first-choice so far in the tournament and that's unlikely to change in the semifinal.

    He kept clean sheets against Morocco and Belgium, while Canada managed to slip one goal past him as Croatia went through as Group F runners up behind the African nation. He also stood out for Croatia in back-to-back penalty shootout wins against Japan and Brazil

    Ivica Ivusic and Atletico Madrid's Ivo Grbic are also available as the two other options.



    Dominik Livakovic

    Dinamo Zagreb

    Ivica Ivusic


    Ivo Grbic

    Atletico Madrid

  • Dejan Lovren Luka Modric Croatia World Cup 2022


    Josip Juranovic played every minute of football for Croatia thus far and will surely start once again at right-back against Argentina.

    The experienced Dejan Lovren will likely keep his place in the centre alongside the 20-year-old Josko Gvardiol following his bright performances so far.

    At left-back, Borna Sosa will continue having also played and finished every match so far.

    Dalic can also call on the likes of Domagoj Vida, Borna Barisic, Josip Sutalo, Martin Erlic and Josip Stanisic when needed.



    Josip Stanisic

    Bayern Munich

    Borna Barisic


    Josip Sutalo

    Dinamo Zagreb

    Dejan Lovren

    Zenit St Petersburg

    Borna Sosa


    Josko Gvardiol

    RB Leipzig

    Domagoj Vida

    AEK Aethens

    Josip Juranovic


    Martin Erlic


  • Luka Modric Croatia Belgium 2022 World Cup


    The midfield also looks fairly simple for Dalic.

    Captain Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic will most likely continue as the first choice players in the middle of the park, having started all five games.

    Lovro Majer, Nikola Vlasic, Mario Pasalic and Red Bull Salzburg youngster Luka Sucic will all be ready to take their chance if they get it.



    Lovro Majer


    Mateo Kovacic


    Luka Modric

    Real Madrid

    Marcelo Brozovic


    Mario Pasalic


    Nikola Vlasic


    Luka Sucic

    RB Salzburg

    Kristijan Jakic

    Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Andrej Kramaric Croatia World Cup 2022


    Andrej Kramaric and Ivan Perisic have both started all five games so far and will surely keep their place for the clash against Japan.

    Marko Livaja was brought into the starting XI to replace Nikola Vlasic after the opening day draw against Morocco and could yet again be trusted in the semifinal.

    Ante Budimir, Mislav Orsic, Bruno Petkovic and Vlasic are all available to fill in should any of the other attackers fall out of the starting XI.



    Ivan Perisic


    Andrej Kramaric


    Marko Livaja

    Hajduk Split

    Bruno Petkovic

    Dinamo Zagreb

    Ante Budimir


    Mislav Orsic

    Dinamo Zagreb

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    Dalic has plenty of formidable players to call upon.

    Croatia proved to be a strong competitor in this World Cup having progressed at the expense of Belgium in the group and then Japan and Brazil in the knockout stage.

    They will need that quality when they line up against a Argentina team that got the better of Netherlands in the quarterfinal.

    But with the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Perisic and Andrej Kramaric in their ranks, they will feel they can threaten any team.

    They also have a good mix of youth and experience in the squad, as Dejan Lovren partners 20-year-old centre-back Josko Gvardiol in the defence.


    Dominik Livakovic is likely to guard the goal in front of a defence made up by Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol and Borna Sosa.

    The solid midfield will be a trident featuring Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic.

    Andrej Kramaric could be the man to lead the line, with help from Mario Pasalic and Ivan Perisic on the flanks.

    Croatia XI (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Brozovic, Modric, Kovacic; Kramaric, Pasalic, Perisic.