There have been many debates on which national team is the best. Well my choice might come as a shock to many people.
It is Croatia.
Croatia are not known for having world class goalkeepers, but they have versatile keepers such as Stipe Pletikosa and Vedran Runje. Although they do not play for big clubs, these two keepers are very strong in all areas of goalkeeping and can be relied upon.
Croatia have many great defenders. They had Daniel Pranjic on the wing in Euro 2008, and what a success he turned out to be. His stamina was amazing, while attacking and defending.
Josip Simunic is a big name in Germany for his club Hertha Berlin, and he has helped his side into top spot in the Bundesliga.
Robert and Niko Kovac are the heart and soul of the Croatia squad, and at their age it gets to be a bit difficult, but they are not showing any signs of slowing down.
Vedran Corluka was amazing at Euro 2008 and is enjoying his time at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Croatia's midfield is regarded as one of the most talented and skillful midfields in the world, with players such as Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric, Dario Srna and Ivan Rakitic.
Niko Kranjcar currently plays for Porstmouth and has been their most creative player, setting up goals and scoring himslef.
Luka Modric recently made his eagerly awaited move away from Dinamo, and has adapted to the Premier League very well, scoring and creating goals for his team mates.
Dario Srna has been very good for club and country, scoring 17 times for Croatia from midfield. A little known fact is that Croatia have never lost a game when Dario has scored. How about that?
Ivan Rakitic is the future of Croatian football. He has had a brilliant time in Germany, and there have been reports that Juventus are keen admirers of this young prodigy. At 21, he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Croatia are lucky enough to have had many talented forwards in the past, and this has continued to the present.
The current squad can boast Ivica Olic, Mladen Petric, Eduardo Alves da Silva, and the two youngsters Nikola Kalinic and Mario Mandzukic.
Ivica Olic is one of the hardest working players I have ever seen, and he has agreed to join German giants Bayern Munich in the summer.
Mladen Petric's swap deal from Borussia Dortmund has paid off as he is banging in the goals for his club, Hamburg, along with Ivica Olic.
Eduardo is probably the most famous Croatian player, since his broken leg last year. He is a slick finisher and was missed by Arsenal last year. Despite his broken leg, he has come back and already started to bang in the goals.
Mario Mandzukic and Nikola Kalinic are the new kids on the block and will surely be in Slaven Bilic's sights.
Slaven Bilic has worked wonders in making Croatia a very tough customer to compete against, and his huge charisma and confidence is sure to help Croatia in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
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