Report: Croatian Striker To Be Kicked Out Of World Cup Squad

Report: Croatian Striker To Be Kicked Out Of World Cup Squad

Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic will reportedly be sent home from the World Cup after telling management he was unable to come on as a substitute during Saturday's Group D win against Nigeria in Kaliningrad.

According to Croatian newspaper 24sata, manager Zlato Dalic told the AC Milan striker that he would be entering the action as a replacement for Mario Mandzukic with five minutes remaining in the game.

However, Kalinic reportedly told his manager that could not as he has a back problem. Winger Marko Pjaca was used instead.

The 30-year-old former Blackburn Rovers striker - who has 42 caps for his country - scored six times in 31 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season.

His Saturday night refusal will apparently result in him no longer being part of the Croatia squad in Russia.


Croatia's remaining group games are against Argentina on Thursday and Iceland one week from tomorrow.

They are expected to hold a press conference later today.

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