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Striker Croatia national team soccer Nikola kalinic explained why he refused the silver medal of the world championship. The words of the player As reports.
“What happened, happened. The coach did not want to count on me, and I accepted it. I didn’t want that medal, because he has not contributed to the team’s success did not share with her is an achievement. Now can put this behind us,” said Kalinich.
About the rejection of the silver medals, the forward reported on July 20. The player was expelled from the national team after the first group stage match with Nigeria. Kalinic refused to come on as a substitute, citing back problems. After that, he appeared on the field.
Despite that, coach Zlatko Dalic and teammates decided that the player should receive the award. The Kalinich was offered a medal, but he said, “Thanks, but I have not played in Russia.”
Croatia at the world Cup for the first time in history reached the final, where they lost to France with the score 2:4. Before that the highest achievement was third place in 1998.
Kalinic is in favour of the Croatian national team since 2008. Since then, the striker spent 35 matches in which he scored 14 goals.
Video, photo All from Russia.