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Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic joins Mario Mandzukic on Croatian national team

Inter Milan forward going for 65th cap.

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Ivan Perisic of FC Internazionale controls the ball during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 12, 2018 in Milan, Italy.
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Ivan Perisic joins fellow countryman and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic on Croatia’s 32-man roster leading up to the World Cup.

Perisic picked up his first call-up to his country’s team in 2011 and has 64 appearances for Croatia.

Over that span, he has scored 17 goals – including one against Greece in a 4-1 win during qualification playoffs.

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Marcelo Brozovic of FC Internazionale in action during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on May 6, 2018 in Udine, Italy.
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Back in March, Perisic was part of the national team during a pair of friendlies, but only played in a 2-0 loss to Peru. He did not suit up in the final friendly against Mexico. Both games were played in the United States.

Perisic did play for Croatia during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He scored a pair of goals in the competition – one in a 4-0 win over Cameroon and the lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Mexico that eliminated Croatia from the competition.

His best international performance was scoring a brace in a 2-1 win over Mali in an international friendly in March 2014.

He joins Nikola Kalinic and Mandzukic up front for Zlatko Dalic’s squad.

Marcelo Brozovic will be looking for his 28th cap in midfield for Croatia.

He, like Perisic, played against Peru but not against Mexico in the team’s latest friendlies in the United States.

Brozovic’s best performance was scoring a brace in a 2-0 win over fellow Russia Group D participants Iceland in November 2016. In all, he has scored six goals for Croatia since his first call-up in 2014.

He joins Real Madrid standout and captain Luka Modric as well as Mateo Kovacic, Fiorentina’s Milan Badelj and Napoli’s Marko Rog in midfield.

In defense, Croatia will have Liverpool center-back Dejan Lovren as well as Vedran Corluka.

Croatia will open Group D play of the World Cup against Nigeria June 6 before taking on Argentina – possibly setting up a match-up with Inter teammate Mauro Icardi – June 21 before closing out group play against Iceland June 26.


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Croatia National Team

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo), Karlo Letica (Hajduk)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Matej Mitrovic (Club Brugge), Borna Barisic (Osijek), Zoran Nizic (Hajduk), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg), Borna Sosa (Dinamo)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Marko Rog (Napoli), Mario Pasalic (Spartak), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht), Duje Cop (Standard Liege), Ivan Santini (Caen)