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EURO 2016: Halilovic Surprisingly Left Out Of Croatian Squad

Alen Halilovic

Young star Alen Halilovic was a surprisingly left out from the list of 23 Croatian footballers that will play at 2016 EURO in .

“Halilovic is very young and has a bright future ahead of him. I thought that it is in his best interest to spend the summer training with his club,” Croatian manager Ante Cacic said during the press conference in seaside Istrian town Rovinj where Croatian team is having final preparations for EURO.

Along with Halilovic, Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Domagoj Antolic and Red Bull Salzburg defender Duje Caleta-Car were expected dropouts from Cacic’s final list for the tournament in France.

On the same day that Ante Cacic revealed his final list for the tournament in France, Croatian Football Federation welcomed a new sponsor in its family, international group Favbet, for the next four years.

It was eight year ago at EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, under guidance of manager Slaven Bilic, that last made it through the group phase at the big tournament.

in France will be the first big tournament with Ante Cacic on the bench and Croatia will try to put an end to the negative streak and progress to knockout phase playing in the Group D against in Paris on June 12, versus in Saint-Etienne on June 17 and against in Bordeaux on June 21.

Croatia will have the last test match before EURO 2016 against San Marino in Rijeka on June 4. In the first test match Croatia only managed to beat modest Moldova 1-0.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka)

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vedran Corluka (Lokomtiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kyiv), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Ivan Strinic (Napoli)

Midfielders: , Mateo Kovacic (), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic (), Marko Rog, Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Duje Cop (Malaga).

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