ZAGREB - Croatia will be without three key players for next month's Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Azerbaijan.
QPR's Niko Kranjcar, midfielder Milan Badelj of Fiorentina and Getafe's Sammir are all absent from the 25-man squad named on Friday by coach Niko Kovac.
But Kovac has called up three uncapped players in Dinamo Zagreb's midfielder Domagoj Antolic along with defender Ivan Tomecak and midfielder Marko Leskovic, both from Rijeka.
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Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco/FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka)
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ENG), Ivan Strinic (Dnepropetrovsk/UKR), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo/ITA), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Marko Leskovic (Rijeka), Hrvoje Milic (Rostov/RUS), Ivan Tomecak (Rijeka)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid/ESP), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos/GRE), Domagoj Antolic (Dinamo Zagreb), Alen Halilovic (Barcelona B/ESP), Ivan Perisic (VfL Wolfsburg/GER).
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Ivica Olic (VfL Wolfsburg/GER) Nikica Jelavic (Hull City/ENG), Andrej Kramaric (Rijeka), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb).
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