Niko Kovac finally announced his selection of Croatia's 30-man provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Of course, seven of them will not make the final cut.
It seems that Kovac waited until the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision on Josip Simunic's 10-match ban was announced, which confirmed that the Dinamo Zagreb defender will have to miss the World Cup. The veteran was originally penalised by FIFA for shouting one of the slogans of Croatia's Nazi-backed puppet regime from World War II.
However, Kovac offered no big surprises. He added a couple of new names, mostly young prospects like Oliver Zelenika, Mario Pasalic and Marcelo Brozovic. The newcomer is Dinamo's striker Duje Cop, while Kovac also decided to recall naturalised Brazilian Sammir.
The Croats will have another Brazilian in the form of ex-Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva. However, Kovac omitted one of the biggest homegrown talents—midfielder Alen Halilovic, who moves to Barcelona this summer.
Bleacher Report brings you the World Cup player-by-player guide for Croatia.