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Croatia will go through the entire World Cup without wearing their first-choice home strip

Croatia are yet to wear their first-choice strip and won't do so in the World Cup final

Spare a thought for all the Croatian full kit w****** out there.

No, that’s not us being salty after Wednesday’s semi-final defeat. We genuinely feel for anyone who splashed out on Croatia’s complete home kit.

Why? Because Croatia will go through an entire World Cup campaign without wearing their first-choice strip.


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Croatia’s new away strip takes a bit of getting used to

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Croatia’s new away strip takes a bit of getting used to

Croatia’s iconic combination of red and white chequered shirt, white shorts and blue socks is one of the most elegant home strips in international football.

It was worn once during Croatia’s first World Cup campaign, when Davor Suker and co finished third in France ’98.

Jamaica- whose yellow, green and black strip ensured very few kit clashes occurred- were on the receiving end of a sartorially elegant 3-1 defeat.

Iconic

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Iconic

But 20 years later, as Croatia reach heights never before scaled, they’ll do so without taking to the pitch in red, white and blue.

In the first game of the tournament Croatia were forced into wearing white socks against Nigeria, for reasons still not particularly clear.

For the other two group games Croatia turned out in their navy away strip.

He likes the kit so much he’s trying to get hold of one before the final whistle

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He likes the kit so much he’s trying to get hold of one before the final whistle

Broken mannequin alert

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Broken mannequin alert

Hamstring’s gone just looking at that

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Hamstring’s gone just looking at that

In the round of 16 Croatia beat Denmark on penalties wearing their navy away kit, but with red socks.

Four games, three different strips.

It was back to all-navy for the quarter-final against Russia before switching to red socks again in the win against… nope, we’ve completely forgotten who the opposition was.

Catch him if you can

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Catch him if you can

Ponytail goals

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Ponytail goals

Hotel Heartbreak

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Hotel Heartbreak

FIFA have released details of the kits to be worn for the World Cup final and, due to France wearing all-blue, Croatia will wear their home strip with white socks.

Of course, there’s always time for a John Terry-esque change at full-time if Croatia win.

But, as things stand, Croatia’s full kit w****** better have kept their receipts.