Striker Bruno Petkovic is expected to fill Mario Mandzukic’s big boots at Euro 2020 as Croatia aims to reach the last 16 at the June 11-July 11 tournament, coach Zlatko Dalic said as he named his 26-man squad on Monday.
Mandzukic, who scored an extra-time winner in a 2-1 victory over England in their 2018 World Cup semifinal, is one of several stalwarts who hung up their international boots after Croatia was beaten by France 4-2 in the final.
There were no surprises in Dalic’s squad as a bulk of those who spearheaded that World Cup campaign was named alongside a host of players looking to impress on the big stage.
Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are likely to be Dalic’s first-choice centre backs again while 35-year old captain Luka Modric will continue to drive the midfield.
“Petkovic has to be at Euro 2020 what Mandzukic…