Nikola Kalinic: Striker Sacked From Camp In Shame

Nikola Kalinic: Striker Sacked From Camp In Shame

Kalinic had been asked to enter the match in the 85th minute but refused to do so, citing a back injury.

According to the Croatian online 24sata.hr Kalinic are more likely to be expelled from Croatia, and the final decision will be announced tonight.

The former Blackburn forward was left on the bench by his national team boss Zlatko Dalic for the fourth successive game, during the 2-0 defeat of Nigeria.

"I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have [to make] this decision".

The move was made permanent before the World Cup. The same happened against Brazil (at Anfield) and also at training yesterday.

The Croatian Football Association said Dalic had consulted his coaching staff.

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After the game on Saturday, Dalic said at the press conference that although he had no player injured in camp, he had "a problem".

Kalinic, who played for Blackburn Rovers between 2009 and 2011 and has scored 15 goals in 41 appearances for Croatia, was starting his fourth global in a row on the bench.

Dalic did not answer any further questions or go into the matter any further.

Kalinic, has 15 goals in 41 appearances for his country, but had started his last four global games on the bench.

The incident caps a disappointing year for Kalinic.

Kalinic has been dismissed from Croatia's World Cup squad due to an apparent back injury.

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