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Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
Balaban makes final cut
Bosko Balaban
Balaban is yet to score a goal for Villa
Aston Villa striker Bosko Balaban has been named in Croatia's World Cup squad, despite enduring a testing season.

The 23-year-old has not scored for Villa since moving to the club last August or featured in any of Croatia's World Cup warm-ups.

But Croatia coach Mirko Jozic has named Balaban in his 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Hertha Berlin's Josip Simunic has been chosen to replace Juventus defender Igor Tudor, who was forced to pull out of the World Cup because of injury.


Croatia World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Hajduk Split), Tomislav Butina (Dinamo Zagreb), Vladimir Vasilj (FC Zagreb)

Defenders: Robert Kovac (Bayern Munich), Robert Jarni (Panathinaikos), Dario Simic (Inter Milan), Josip Simunic (Hertha Berlin), Boris Zivkovic (Bayer Leverkusen), Daniel Saric (Panathinaikos), Anthony Seric (Verona)

Midfielders: Stjepan Tomas (Vicenza), Zvonimir Soldo (VfB Stuttgart), Robert Prosinecki (free agent), Niko Kovac (Bayern Munich), Jurica Vranjes (Bayer Leverkusen), Davor Vugrinec (Lecce), Milan Rapaic (Fenerbahce), Mario Stanic (Chelsea)

Forwards: Alen Boksic (Middlesbrough), Davor Suker (TSV 1860 Munich), Goran Vlaovic (Panathinaikos), Ivica Olic (FC Zagreb), Bosko Balaban (Aston Villa)

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