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Luka's friendly fire

Posted on 11 February 2009  - 12:00

Luka Modric is looking forward to hooking up with Croatia again for tonight's (Wednesday, February 11) friendly in Romania.

Luka's friendly fire

Luka Modric is looking forward to hooking up with Croatia again for tonight's (Wednesday, February 11) friendly in Romania.

The midfield maestro sees it as a much-needed get together as his national team face the prospect of trying to claw back five points on current Group Six leaders England in World Cup 2010 qualifying.

Croatia drew in Ukraine and beat Andorra at home last time out back in November and face Andorra again in the next round of qualifiers in April.

England take on Ukraine at Wembley at the same time and Luka will be hoping for a favour from the Three Lions as Croatia at least look to secure runners-up spot in the group - they are currently level on points with Ukraine.

Only the nine group winners are guaranteed a place in the finals in South Africa with the eight best runners-up in the draw for four play-off matches.

"This is an important game for Croatia," said Luka of the Romanian test. "We haven't played together for three months so first of all I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again.

"Romania are a good side, a strong squad and it will be important to see what kind of form we are in because we have big qualification games after that."

Luka is joined by Vedran Corluka in the Croatia squad and another eight Spurs team-mates are scheduled for international duty tonight.

Three of our players have World Cup 2010 qualifiers with Robbie Keane captaining the Republic of Ireland at home against Georgia, Wilson Palacios with Honduras against Costa Rica and Giovani's Mexico facing USA.

In friendly action, Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter are in the Wales squad to play Poland, Didier Zokora's Ivory Coast face Turkey, Benoit Assou-Ekotto is in the Cameroon squad against Guinea while Adel Taarabt has been named in the Moroccan squad to face the Czech Republic.