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May 14, 2014

Brazil-born Eduardo in Croatia squad

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric weighs in on the Brazil match and his team's preparation ahead of it.

Eduardo da Silva has been named in Croatia's provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil, the nation of his birth.

Eduardo, now at Shakhtar Donetsk, was born in Rio de Janeiro but became a Croatian citizen after joining Dinamo Zagreb in 2002.

The former Arsenal striker is vying to be selected for Niko Kovac's final 23-man squad, who face hosts Brazil in the opening match of the tournament on June 12 in Sao Paulo.

Southampton defender Dejan Lovren and Hull striker Nikica Jelavic have been called up, as well as QPR's on-loan midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

The manager will trim seven players from the list after a friendly with Mali on May 31.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic are the star names and will be hoping to make their mark against hosts Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon in Group A.

One man who has not been named is veteran defender Josip Simunic.

The 36-year-old is Croatia's third highest-capped player of all time, having represented his country on 105 occasions, but he will not get the chance to add to his haul after losing his appeal against a 10-match ban imposed by FIFA following a fascist salute he made in November.

Croatia's 30-man provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Locomotive)

Defenders: Dario Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), John Strinic (Dnipro), Domagoj Vida (Dinamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa) Igor Bubnjic (Udinese)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (QPR), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Internazionale), Sean Lynch (HSV), Ivo Ilicevic ( HSV), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (River), Mario Pasalic (FC), Sammir (Getafe)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb)

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