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Official: Luka Modric named in the Croatia squad for FIFA World Cup 2022
With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar just a week away, all the participating nations are starting to announce their final squads for the tournament.
And, just a while ago, Croatia announced their 26-man squad for the quadrennial extravaganza that will take place in Qatar, with Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric included in the roster.
It is hardly a surprise to see the 37-year-old veteran be named in the roster. He remains a vital part of the Vatreni setup and will again be looking to enjoy a strong run in the tournament after having led his national team to the finals of the World Cup in 2018 in Russia.
Modric is the most-capped player in the history of the Croatian national team, having accumulated 154 appearances since making his debut for the country in 2006. He is also the fifth-highest goalscorer for the Vatreni with 23 goals.
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Modric will lead Zlatko Dalic’s side in Qatar and will be joined by former Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the squad and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Ivo Grbic.
Experienced stars like Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic will also have a key role to play along with talented youngsters like Josko Gvardiol and Lovro Majer.
Modric becomes the fourth Real Madrid player to be called up for the World Cup after Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao were named in the Brazil squad.
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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report
While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.
Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration.
Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.
Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.
First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.
During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.
On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.
The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”
Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”
“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.