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FIFA clears Croatia U21 international Fran Karacic to switch allegiances to Australia

FIFA has cleared Croatia Under-21 international Fran Karacic to switch eligibility and play for Australia at the World Cup.

FIFA says the formal "change of association'' for Croatia-born Karacic, who is named in Australia's provisional squad, was completed on Thursday.

The 22-year-old defender is eligible for Australia because his father was born there.

FIFA lets players make one change of allegiance in their career before they play a senior competitive game for a national team.

Karacic seems certain...


Australia's World Cup bolter Fran Karacic could be solution to right-back problem

A young man who's never even been to Australia could help solve the country's World Cup right-back conundrum.

Croatia-based 21-year-old Fran Karacic was the bolter in Bert van Marwijk's 32-man provisional Socceroos squad named for next month's showpiece tournament in Russia.

The NK Lokomotiva defender has been on the Socceroos' radar for months while playing under the close watch of Zagreb-based assistant coach Ante Milicic.

Having already played for Croatia's national under-21 side but not yet...