2018 World Cup qualification
After a change of manager in October 2017 Croatia needed a play-off to secure their place in Russia, albeit they rarely looked troubled during a 4-1 aggregate win over Greece.
20 points in the group stage wasn't enough to finish above Iceland during qualification and the two will meet again this summer.
Mario Mandzukic top scored with five goals but it was at the back where the Vatreni excelled, conceding just five times during qualification (four in the group and one in the play-off round).
World Cup History
Having made the semi-finals in France 98 and going on to finish third in that tournament, subsequent World Cups have been disappointing affairs for Croatia with group stage exits in 2002, 2006 and 2014.
However, with a FIFA World ranking of 18, there will be plenty of people expecting more from Zlatko Dalic's side this time around despite their tricky group draw.
2018 World Cup Squad
|Danijel Subasic||Vedran Corluka||Luka Modric||Mario Mandzukic|
|Lovre Kalinic||Domagoj Vida||Ivan Rakitic||Ivan Perisic|
|Dominik Livakovic||Ivan Strinic||Mateo Kovacic||Nikola Kalinic|
|Dejan Lovren||Milan Badelj||Marko Pjaca|
|Sime Vrsaljko||Marcelo Brozovic||Ante Rebic|
|Josip Pivaric||Filip Bradaric|
Latest World Cup odds
|To win the World Cup||33/1 (34.0)|
|To make the World Cup final||12/1 (13.0)|
|To win Group D||11/5 (3.20)|
|To Qualify from Group D||1/2 (1.50)|
|To the top European team||22/1 (23.0)|