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CROATIA

Euro 2020

■ THE BOSS ZLATKO DALIC DALIC led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, where they lost 4-2 to France. He insists they are ‘not in the first row of favourites’ to win Euro 2020, such as France, Spain and Germany. That’s true, but Dalic will still be dreaming big after their recent historic run. ■ THE STAR LUKA MODRIC SOME senior players called time on their international careers after their last tournament, such as Mario Mandzukic, but Modric (above) is still going in midfield. He won the World Cup’s Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player three years ago. Expect to see this 35-year-old Ballon d’Or winner making himself a nuisance against England in the opening game. ■ MY VERDICT CROATIA are no pushovers. As their manager says, they aren’t one of the favourites to win Euro 2020, but they’ll make sure you earn your victory against them. They believe in themselves as the tournament’s dark horses.

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