Croatia announce 27-man provisional Euro 2016 squad
Above: Croatia coach Ante Cacic announced his provisional 27-man squad for this summers Euro 2016 tournament | Photo: EPA

Croatia coach Ante Cacic has announced his provisional 27-man squad ahead of this summer's Euro 2016 tournament. 

Missing out 

The biggest omission from Cacic's squad is Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren who will have to watch his country take on Turkey, Czech Republic and Spain at home. 

Lovren and Cacic fell out back in March during the 1-1 draw with Hungary as the defender stopped warming up after he learned that he wouldn't taking part in the friendly. 

At his press conference on Monday, Cacic said that players chosen were the "best players we have at our disposal" and that playing for the national side requires "good form"and "total commitment at club and international level." 

Sasic continued saying that he hadn't "closed the door on Lovren for good" and that he can "return one day" if the defender realises he has to be a "team player" and that when it "dawns on him" that he can't look down on his "team mates, the staff and the coach" then he could return. 

Croatia will play Moldova at Gradski Stadion, Koprivnica on Friday, May 27 with kick-off at 7:30pm BST. 

Lovren isn't included despite a much improved season for Liverpool (photo: getty)
Lovren isn't included despite a much improved season for Liverpool (photo: getty)

Croatia's provisional 27-man squad 

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Napoli), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg).

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Alen Halilovic (Sporting Gijon), Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb), Marko Rog (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb).

Strikers: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Leicester).