Croatia manager, Zlatko Dalić, has named the preliminary squad that will face the Netherlands in Rotterdam June 14th in the first UEFA Nations League semifinal. Spain will play Italy a day later in the other semifinal. The Final will be played June 18th.
No major changes to the squad from March’s two Euro 2024 qualifiers against Wales and Turkey. However, there is a notable call-up for 21 year-old striker, Dion Drena Beljo, who has been hot for Bundesliga club Augsburg over the past month. Beljo has two goals and two assists to his name in his last five Bundesliga matches dating back to April 21st. Could he and Musa give Kramarić and Livaja a run for their money for the remainder of the year?
The only other thing to mention regarding this squad is Marcelo Brozović’s late addition to the team. He of course will be part of this Croatian squad, but he will join the team in Holland late as Inter Milan will be playing Manchester City June 10th in the Champions League Final in Turkey. Broz is not guaranteed to start for Inter in the Final which should keep him relatively fresh for the Dutch match. Veterans Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić, and Andrej Kramarić should all be at 100% rest when the semifinal kicks off.