The World Cup is in the knockout stage, but not for Croatia—who are analysing their early exit from the tournament. The feeling in the nation is one of disappointment, with people trying to figure out the reasons behind another failure.
However, in three months from now, Croatia will enter the Euro 2016 qualifiers with the same ambition as always: to qualify and be competitive.
Even though Niko Kovac has been criticised for his team selections and tactical experiments, it is clear that he'll be the one to lead this team in the next campaign.
The question now is what is going to be his next move? Will he stick with the same generation and try to make a step forward with them or decide to build a new team on the foundations from Brazil?
A couple of older players are obviously past their peak, and some of them have already decided to retire from international football.
Here are five players that we believe Croatia should axe to create a more competitive team for France 2016.