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5 Croatians who have made their mark in England

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Croatia’s current World Cup squad contains only one English-based player, but several others have made a mark on England’s domestic leagues in recent times.

Zlatko Dalic’s team meet France in Sunday’s World Cup semi-final and Dejan Lovren is the only Croatian that could feature who current plies his trade in the Premier League.

Here Press Association Sport looks at five of the best Croatians to have played in England.

Davor Suker

Croatia’s all-time top scorer won the golden boot at the 1998 World Cup, having bagged six goals when the team made the semi-finals. Suker was a Real Madrid player at the time and made the move to England in 1999 when Arsene Wenger brought him to Arsenal. However, the current president of the Croatian Football Federation had a largely disappointing spell in north London and subsequently with West Ham as he scored only 10 top-flight goals across two seasons.

Alen Boksic

Alex Boksic, left, played under Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Alex Boksic, left, played under Bryan Robson at Middlesbrough (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Robert Prosinecki

Robert Prosinecki only spent a season at Fratton Park (Chris Ison/PA)
Robert Prosinecki only spent a season at Fratton Park (Chris Ison/PA)

Luka Modric

Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric were club colleagues (Jed Leicester/PA)
Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric were club colleagues (Jed Leicester/PA)

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