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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Suker going for gold
Croatia striker Davor Suker top scored in 1998
Suker top scored with six goals in 1998
Croatia striker Davor Suker has set his sights on making World Cup history by becoming the first player to win successive Golden Boot awards.

The forward finished top scorer in 1998 in France as Croatia made it through to the semi-finals on their finals debut.

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We have younger players in our squad this time and a win in our first match would help our confidence
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Davor Suker

At 34 years of age Suker is in the twilight of his career, but he has still set himself some lofty goals for Japan and Korea.

"I want to play and I want to be the best goalscorer again," he said.

"No-one has ever done it and it would make me very proud if I could do it.

"If I can get one or two goals in the first match then anything is possible."

Suker faces competition from Bosko Balaban and Goran Vlaovic for the right to partner Alen Boksic in attack for Croatia, who get their campaign underway against Mexico on 3 June.

And Suker believes the opening game will be the key to Croatia emulating their achievements of four years ago.

"In 1998 we beat Jamaica in the first match and everything went well from there," he said.

"Now we need another good start because you don't want to fall behind.

"We have younger players in our squad this time and a win in our first match would help our confidence."

Calf trouble

Defender Dario Simic remains a doubt for the Mexico game due to a calf strain, although he is expected to return to training soon.

"He's getting better," Croatia coach Mirko Jozic said.

"The doctors are taking good care of him and in two or three days he will be ready to continue training with the rest of the players."

Simic has struggled with the problem since straining his calf playing for Inter Milan in April.

He had to go to hospital for a scan after aggravating the injury during Sunday's warm-up game against Toyama Dream.

A replacement for an injured player can be brought into the squad up to 24 hours before a team's first match, providing the injury has been verified by a Fifa official.

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