Rakitic is one of the players leading the Croatian squad for Brazil 2014.
Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla) and Luca Modric (Real Madrid) on the list of 30 players chosen by the coach of Croatia, Niko Kovac, World Cup in Brazil 2014, and delivery which has not been called the Young Alen Halilovic, recently signed by Barcelona.
“We created a mixture of old and young players. Thus we are building the future of Croatian football,” Kovac said at a press conference in Zagreb.
Croatia coach said he already has in mind the final list of 23 players who will travel to Brazil, but said he wants to wait a little longer for final determination.
Kovac said facing with great joy the arrival of the next championship. “I’m impatient with joy. Sourdough all of us, but the Earth will not stop turning if you do not succeed,” he said.
He further stressed that all players in your list are in good condition to play. “Everybody has their own pace, all are healthy. Has to look how they are so” he said.
Regarding his first opponent, Brazil, Kovac said that Croatia is thoroughly prepared. “Brazil is the favorite, have a brilliant team, a great coach. We’ve analyzed all their games and now we have to find their weaknesses and prepare,” he said Kovac.
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiv)
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa) Igor Bubnjic (Udinese)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (HSV), Ivo Ilicevic (HSV), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo), Ivan Močinić (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk), Sammir (Getafe)
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo Alves da Silva (Shakhtar), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo).