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Lineker's Verdict

Croatia Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Croatia star player, Milan Rapaic
World Cup record:
 1998   Third place
 2002   First round

Did you know?
Robert Jarni has played in all 10 of Croatia's World Cup finals matches.

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Star player:

Jozic Mirko
Milan Rapaic
I may have some grey hairs, but one thing's for sure, I'd have plenty more if I'd gone into management.

Managers have to make tough decisions and Croatia's Jozic Mirko had a big call to make and it didn't come off.

He opted for experience and stuck by many of the players who finished third at France 98, but ageing players can mean tired legs - particularly in the heat of Japan.

But for a red card in the opening match they could have given Mexico a greater run for their money and they showed what they could have done when they came from behind to beat Italy.

Maybe it was that effort, maybe it was their age, but something caught up with Mirko's men and the wheels came off in the final match when a win would have seen them go through.

Never mind the grey hairs, such a frustrating finish is enough to make you pull your hair out.

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Group G: v Mexico 0-1; v Italy 2-1; v Ecuador 0-1.



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