Luka Modric has stated it is a great honour to captain Croatia in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Veteran defender, Darijo Srna retired from the Croatia squad after the Euro 2016. And Modric has been named as his replacement.
Croatia will play Turkey come September 5 in the first match of the campaign, with Iceland, Finland, Kosovo and Ukraine also in the group.
The 30-year-old is closing in on 100 international caps and said it will be a “great honour” to lead his country, although his first match as skipper will be behind closed doors in Zagreb as punishment for fascist chanting from the team’s supporters.
“It is a great honour to be the new Croatia captain,” said Modric.
“The fact that we are playing in front of empty stands should not be an excuse.
“We want a victory and a successful start.”