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Eduardo: We'll see the true Croatia in Irish clash

IT'LL BE alright on the night -- Croatia's star players have told their fans not to be concerned about some indifferent form in the build-up to Sunday's clash with Ireland in Poznan.

Croatia looked underwhelming during a 1-1 draw away to Norway in a friendly last weekend, although they did record an impressive 3-1 win over Estonia before that.

Pundits in Croatia have been critical of the display against the Norwegians but former Arsenal man Eduardo (pictured) has told supporters not to be concerned about the game as everything is building up to their meeting with Giovanni Trapattoni's men in just four days.

"Friendly games don't really give you a measure of your strength," said striker Eduardo, who played for Arsenal but is now based in Ukraine.

"There is no point in making things tough for ourselves or creating problems that are not there, we will see the true Croatia at the finals when the games start.


"We have done well in our qualifying campaign and we have not lost a friendly game yet, so I am confident that everything will be in place when the play the Irish," added Eduardo, who has played against Ireland twice: in the 0-0 draw at Lansdowne Road last August and also back in 2004 when he lined out in a 1-0 defeat for Croatia in Dublin against Brian Kerr's Irish side.

Former Tottenham man Niko Kranjcar backed up that theory. "The match against Norway will not leave any scars on our team, I believe that Croatia will play an excellent match against Ireland," he said, Kranjcar hoping that injury problems will not deprive him of a place in the side.

"Due to my injury problems, I do not have a regular place in the first team, but I hope to play in Poland and Ukraine," added Kranjcar, who has quit Spurs to join Dynamo Kyiv.