14.05.2018Bayer 04

Tin Jedvaj in provisional Croatia squad

The day before Germany coach Joachim Löw announces his provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia (14 June to 15 July), Tin Jedvaj has already been called up. As announced by the Croatia Football Association on Monday afternoon, the 22-year-old Bayer 04 defender has been selected by coach Zlatko Dalić and he has reason to hope he can make his first World Cup finals appearance.

Jedvaj was sidelined for much of the current Bundesliga campaign as the result of a hairline shin fracture and he only made his comeback in the middle of February in the 2-1 away win at Hamburg SV. Since then, he played in nine of the eleven remaining league games. Above all in the final three games of the season, where he went the full distance each time, he underlined his ambition to play at the World Cup with some impressive performances in the back four. Jedvaj has earned ten full caps for his country and he now has the opportunity in the run-in to catch the eye of Croatia coach Dalić to claim a place in the final 23-man squad. The associations have until 4 June to submit their final squads to FIFA.

In addition to Jedvaj, there a few of the German Werkself pros who can also hope to be included in the World Cup squad. Which Bayer 04 players may or may not be in the frame will become clear on Tuesday (13.00 CET) when Germany coach Löw announces his provisional squad.


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