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Wednesday, 10 April, 2002, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Prosinecki fancies final fling
Robert Prosinecki (centre) and teammates at France 98
Prosinecki knows it will not be the same as France 98

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Much is expected of Robert Prosinecki at this summer's World Cup.

Croatia's national team coach Mirko Jozic has said so.

"I wish we had five players who are younger, faster and better than Prosinecki, but we don't."

Yet Prosinecki remains unfazed by the rigours which await him and his team-mates in Korea and Japan.

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If we get through the first group stage that will be a big achievement in itself
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Robert Prosinecki

If anything, the 33-year-old is planning to make the most of his final fling on the global stage, having spent much of this season flitting in and out of English First Division side Portsmouth.

"Croatia only has a population of 4.5m and it is a massive achievement that we have reached the World Cup finals at all," Prosinecki told BBC Sport Online.

"In the 1998 World Cup in France, the national team made a big impact and to come third was a great thing.

"Four years on, we are going to Japan and I think we've got a good team with talented players.

"The most important thing is that we are there and if we get through the first group stage that will be a big achievement in itself.

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We've got some really talented young players who are playing the best leagues in Europe
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Robert Prosinecki

"After that, everything is possible in football and we could go far. We are happy with the very fact that we are there.

"A lot of the top players from the generation of 98 have left the national side so it won't be the same.

"We have a got, in my opinion, a fairly tough group. So teams will play better against us and maybe they won't underestimate us.

"We will try our utmost to play well in the group, to get through the group and we'll see from there.

"I've been playing well for Portsmouth so I don't have any worries about having played Division One football going into the World Cup.

"We've got some really talented young players who are playing the best leagues in Europe - the Kovac brothers, Niko and Robert, who both play for Bayern Munich, Igor Tudor at Juventus, Boris Zivkovic at Bayer Leverkusen.

"They have all been playing in the best European leagues for the past few years so they already have experience of playing at a high level.

Robert Prosinecki in action for Portsmouth
Prosinecki in action for Portsmouth

"The very fact that we only conceded two goals in the qualifiers and didn't lose any games means we've got a good chance.

"And I'm sure we will go far and that we can achieve something at this World Cup."

Croatia will no longer be a surprise package following their exploits in France - their Balkan neighbours Slovenia are likely to assume that title.

Prosinecki predictions

And Prosinecki does not expect there to be any dark horses challenging for the crown this time round.

"Every World Cup is different and the crème de la crème of football will be there so it will be very interesting," he added.

"There are always favourites who will be in the semis and then the final of course.

"From Europe I would expect Italy, France and Germany to be at the fore.

"The English have got a good team. They struggled a bit in the qualifiers but they've got some talented players and Sven-Goran Eriksson has introduced some new ideas."

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