The 28-year-old will spearhead La Furia Roja's attack as Vicente Del Bosque names an unchanged lineup from that which comprehensively defeated Republic of Ireland.Fernando Torres retains his position in the starting XI for Spain in their Group C decider with Croatia in Gdansk.
A win for La Furia Roja would secure top-spot in the group while a draw could also be enough to ensure progression. Following the his two goals as Spain dismantled Republic of Ireland 4-0 in its previous group game Torres has been rewarded with the lone striker position. Cesc Fabregas therefore remains on the bench despite scoring in both of Spain's previous two games.
Vicente Del Bosque has decided to field Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Torres despite the trio all being one yellow card away from missing a potential quarterfinal.
Slaven Bilic received much praise for switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation that proved the catalyst for Croatia to come back from one goal down and draw level with Italy last Thursday. He is largely expected to maintain that tactic which will see Mario Mandzukic move out to the right with Ivan Rakitic dropping into a deep-lying midfield role alongside Ognjen Vukojevic.
Nikica Jelavic missed training on Saturday with a fever but is declared fit to lead the line for the Vatreni for whom a draw could be enough to qualify depending on the result between Italy and Ireland. Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Gordon Shildenfeld could all miss the next game, should Croatia qualify, if booked.
Croatia (4-2-3-1): Pletikosa; Srna, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic; Vukojevic, Rakitic; Mandzukic, Modric, Perisic; Jelavic.
Subs: Kelava, Subasic, Simunic, Buljat, Vrsaljko, Vida, Pranjic, Badelj, Dumjovic, Kranjcar, Kalinic, Eduardo.
Spain (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso; Silva, Xavi, Iniesta; Torres.
Subs: Valdes, Reina, Albiol, Martinez, Juanfran, Fabregas, Mata, Cazorla, Navas, Pedro, Llorente, Negredo.
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