And the players have been boosted by confirmation of Bilic's new two-year deal, which has ended speculation linking him with a number of clubs, including Manchester City, who are expected to part company with Sven-Goran Eriksson.
"Two years ago, it was a brave decision to put us at the helm and we have decided to stay on because we have a lot of confidence in this youthful team," he said.
"There is absolutely no pressure, but our primary objective is to get past the group stage at Euro 2008."
Croatia Federation chief Vlatko Markovic insisted Bilic's desire to stay in charge had never been in question, although some reports suggest it took a doubling of his salary to finally persuade him to agree the new contract.
"We are proud that he stayed with us because half of Europe went nuts about him," Markovic added.
Croatia will play Hungary on 31 May before starting their Euro 2008 campaign against Austria on 8 June.
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