FIFA Ranking: 23

Coach: Zlatko Kranjcar

Key players: Dado Prso, Niko Kranjcar, Josip Simunic

World Cup record: Third appearance

Best finish: Third Place 1998

Last appearance: First round 2002

Qualifying route: Won European Group 8

Key question: Unbeaten in qualifying can the new batch of stars surpass the heights of 1998?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Stipe Pletikosa 1
Joe Didulica 12
Tomislav Butina 23
Defenders
Josip Simunic 3
Robert Kovac 4
Igor Tudor 5
Dario Simic 7
Mario Tokic 11
Stjepan Tomas 13
Midfielders
Darijo Srna 2
Jurica Vranjes 6
Marko Babic 8
Niko Kovac 10
Luka Modric 14
Ivan Leko 15
Jerko Leko 16
Niko Kranjcar 19
Anthony Seric 20
Forwards
Dado Prso 9
Ivan Klasnic 17
Ivica Olic 18
Bosko Balaban 21
Ivan Bosnjak 22

Group matches:

v Brazil, 19:00 GMT, Tuesday 13th June - Berlin

v Japan, 13:00 GMT, Sunday 18th June - Nuremberg

v Australia, 19:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Stuttgart