August 6, 2008 / 10:16 AM / 11 years ago

Soccer-Uncapped Krizanac in Croatia squad for Slovenia friendly

ZAGREB, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Uncapped Zenit St Petersburg defender Ivica Krizanac was called into Croatia’s squad by coach Slaven Bilic on Wednesday for a friendly against Slovenia later this month.

The match in Maribor will be held on Aug. 20 and be an important warm-up for Croatia, who have been drawn in Group Six for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers with England, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Andorra.

Croatia host Kazakhstan and England in Zagreb respectively on Sept. 6 and Sept. 10 in their first qualifying matches for the finals, which will be held in South Africa.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Spartak Moscow), Vedran Runje (Lens)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Manchester City), Dario Simic (AC Milan), Robert Kovac (Borussia Dortmund), Josip Simunic (Hertha Berlin), Dario Knezevic (Juventus), Hrvoje Vejic (Tomsk), Ivica Krizanac (Zenit St. Petersburg)

Midfielders: Danijel Pranjic (Heerenveen), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Niko Kovac (Salzburg), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Jerko Leko (Monaco), Ivan Rakitic (Schalke 04), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Nikola Pokrivac (Monaco), Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth)

Forwards: Mladen Petric (Borussia Dortmund), Ivica Olic (Hamburg SV), Ivan Klasnic (Nantes), Nikola Kalinic (Hajduk Split) (Reporting by Zlata Zsolnay, writing by Igor Ilic; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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