Unsettled Tottenham Hotspur
midfielder Luka Modric is unlikely to start for Croatia in their
opening two World Cup qualifiers next month, his international
coach Igor Stimac said on Thursday.
Modric is in the middle of a protracted move to Real Madrid
and Stimac, who took over from Slaven Bilic after the team's
early Euro 2012 exit, said "time was running out" for the player
ahead of the ties against Macedonia on September 7 and Belgium four
"We can't carry the burden of his dilemma for him," Stimac
told a news conference after including the Spurs playmaker in
"As the coach I will not allow the question of whether one
particular player is fit to play or not to become the focus of
attention ahead of two vital World Cup qualifiers."
Modric has not played for Spurs yet this season and is in a
state of isolation at the Premier League club.
Stimac, who came under fire from media and fans after a 4-2
defeat by Switzerland in last week's friendly in Split, has
dropped left-back Danijel Pranjic and called up uncapped
midfielder Josip Radosevic to his squad.
He also left out Dinamo Zagreb's Brazilian-born forward
Sammir after including seven strikers in his squad.
"I would be delighted if Sammir was up to the national
team's standards at this point in time but he is not," said the
Group A also includes Serbia, Scotland and Wales.
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic
(Monaco), Ivan Kelava (Dinamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shaktar Donetsk), Vedran Corluka
(Lokomotive Moscow), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Josip
Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb), Domagoj Vida (Dinamo Zagreb), Gordon
Schildenfeld (Dinamo Moscow), Dejan Lovren (Olympique Lyon),
Manuel Pamic (Sparta Prague).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur), Niko Kranjcar
(Dynamo Kiev), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic
(Borussia Dortmund), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Milan Badelj
(Dinamo Zagreb), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg SV), Josip Radosevic
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic
(Hamburg SV), Nikica Jelavic (Everton), Eduardo da Silva
(Shakhtar Donetsk), Mladen Petric (Fulham), Nikola Kalinic
(Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ante Vukusic (Hajduk Split).
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