The first two Croatian matches of 2023 will take place at the end of this month when the Vatreni open up their EURO 2024 qualifying campaign against Wales in Split on the 25th and against Turkey in Bursa three days later.
On Monday afternoon, manager Zlatko Dalić named his 25-man squad for these matches.
There wasn’t much change from the World Cup squad in Qatar outside of Lovren and Budimir. Lovren officially retired from international duty last month. Osasuna striker Ante Budimir was dropped in place of 24 year-old Benfica striker, Petar Musa. Musa has met all expectations in Portugal this year coming off the bench for 1st place Benfica. He has tallied a total of five goals in 17 matches. This will be Musa’s first call up to the Croatian senior side after be capped 11 times for the U21 team.