Lovren Left Out by Croatia

  • By: Jure Bohoric
  • Last Updated: July 2 2012, 16:10 BST

Lyon defender Dejan Lovren is one of four players to be dropped from Slaven Bilic's final Croatia squad for Euro 2012 after he failed to recover from injury.

Dejan Lovren: Has failed to recover

Bilic finalised his 23-man party on Tuesday, with Lovren failing to make the cut due to an ankle problem which has hindered his training with the national side.

The 22-year-old centre-back did not feature in Friday's friendly encounter with Estonia, which Croatia won 3-1.

Lovren joins Hajduk Split goalkeeper Goran Blazevic, Dinamo Zagreb right-back Sime Vrsaljko and Dnipro and former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic on the plane home from Croatia's pre-Euro 2012 training camp in Slovenia.

Bilic said: "I'm very sorry for all of them. They are all very disappointed and of course that goes for Lovren too.

"He tried so hard, but at the end his injury was just too much. After every training session he had a big pain in his ankle.

"Doctors told us that there would not be much chance of him being able to play, so I had to axe him."

The coach has named four Premier League players in his final squad, with Tottenham trio Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar and Everton frontman Nika Jelavic included.

Croatia squad: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Ivan Kelava (Dinamo Zagreb); Marijan Buljat (Maccabi Haifa), Domagoj Vida (Dinamo Zagreb), Vedran Corluka (Tottenham), Josip Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb), Gordon Schildenfeld (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro), Danijel Pranjic (Bayern Munich); Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Tomislav Dujmovic (Real Zaragoza), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dinamo Kiev), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Ivan Perisic (Borussia Dortmund), Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham), Milan Badelj (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivo Ilicevic (Borussia Dortmund); Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich), Nikica Jelavic (Everton), Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo Da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk).