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Dark stampede

Here come the dark horses. No World Cup is complete without Croatia, and every time the competition comes around they are a classic pick as a team that will surprise people. If they do so this time round you can’t say they didn’t warn us, with one of the best midfielders in the game in Luka Modrić ably supported by the likes of Perišić, Rakitić and Mandžukić. This feels like the best shot the team has at glory, with their key players all firmly in their prime.

Everyone expects a checkerboard, but Nike have to be commended for taking arguably the most iconic pattern of any nation and creating something fresh and modern. Larger squares cover both the home and away Croatia shirts, with jagged edges complimenting the latest Vaporknit base used on Nike kits this season. Special shout-out for the away shirt, with a rarely seen palette of black, navy and red in a powerful combo which matches the powerful efforts we can expect from everyone’s favourite dark horses.