Although Croatia is surely playoff bound, even with a loss to Scotland on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see what lineup manager Igor Štimac comes up with as Ivan Rakitić has been ruled out due to injury and captain Darijo Srna returns from a yellow card suspension. 19 year-old Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovačić, Šime Vrsaljko and Igor Bubnjić will join the U-21 Croatian side in Lugano as Croatia’s mladi Vatreni take on Switzerland in a pivotal 2015 U-21 Euro qualifier. Both sides have been perfect thus far in qualifying. In their absence, Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi and Hajduk Split’s Mario Maloča will take their place with the senior side in Scotland.
17 year-old Dinamo Zagreb whiz kid Alen Halilović has been excused from the senior side to join the U-17’s at the World Cup in UAE. They open up against Morocco on October 18th.