Croatia Axes Kalinic from World Cup Squad

first_imgCroatia Coach Zlatko Dalic has sent striker Nikola Kalinic home from the World Cup in disgrace.The Vatreni won their opening match on Saturday night, defeating Nigeria 2-0.Kalinic, the AC Milan striker who once upon a time represented Blackburn Rovers, was a substitute during the encounter. It was the fourth successive international fixture where he had been left on the bench.But asked to come on in the 85th minute, Kalinic complained of a back problem and refused to enter the fray – something which didn’t convince his manager.Marko Pjaca, nominally a wide player, came on instead and Kalinic’s subsequent exit means Croatia have just Mario Mandzukic left within their squad as an out-and-out No.9.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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