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Niko's hopes with Three Lions

Niko Kranjcar is after a favour from Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch and the England squad this weekend.

Niko Kranjcar is after a favour from Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch and the England squad this weekend.

Niko is with the Croatian squad alongside team-mate Vedran Corluka - our goalscorers against Bolton in last Saturday's 2-2 draw - for a friendly against Qatar later tonight (Thursday, October 8) and next week's final World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Our third Croatian, Luka Modric, is recovering from a fractured fibula.

All three will be hoping England do the business against Ukraine on Saturday to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

If Fabio Capello's side avoid defeat, Croatia will only need to beat Kazakhstan next Wednesday to secure runners-up spot in Group Six and a place in the play-offs.

If England fail, it could be all over for the Croats, not least with Ukraine taking on Andorra in their final group match.

"We are depending on England now and we are hoping they don't lose in Ukraine," Niko said.

"Hopefully we will reach the play-offs, get a good draw and reach the finals.

"But we are disappointed with our campaign, especially the home defeat to England and the two draws with Ukraine, they are the games we felt we should have got more from and that would have made a big difference."