Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come back on in its place within the staff’s opening recreation towards Nigeria, coach Zlatko Dalic stated on Monday.
“During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half,” Dalic stated in an announcement.
“However, he then acknowledged that he wasn’t prepared to come back on because of a again situation. The identical factor occurred in the course of the Brazil pleasant in England, in addition to earlier than the follow session on Sunday.
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“I’ve calmly accepted that, and since I want my gamers match and able to play, I’ve made this resolution,” he added.
The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) stated that Dalic had taken the choice after session along with his teaching staff.
Dalic declined to reply any questions over the problem.
Kalinic can’t be changed so Croatia will proceed within the event with a 22-man squad.
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Croatia, who beat Nigeria 2-Zero on Saturday, face Argentina on Thursday and end their Group D marketing campaign towards Iceland subsequent week.
Media experiences stated that Kalinic, who has been unable to interrupt into the beginning lineup in the course of the build-up to the event, had been requested by Dalic to come back on as an 85th-minute substitute towards Nigeria.