(Photo: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL) (Photo: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

"Everyone missed the national team and we have looked forward to getting back together. Everyone is happy and content. We have two difficult matches ahead of us and we are aware of that. The competition couldn’t be tougher, especially at a time when the conditions aren't ideal for football, but we’re willing to give it our best," said coach Dalić.

He added that the team was focused on the upcoming matches, but that he was keeping a keen eye on the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup and how the team will perform at the European Championships.

For the time being, Coach Zlatko Dalić will be without team captain Luka Modrić and veteran Ivan Rakitić.

Croatia plays reigning European Champions Portugal in Porto on September 5th; and three days later, the 2018 World Cup runners-up take on France in Paris.

Source: HRT