Croatia international has slammed teammate Nikola Kalinic who was sent home for disciplinary reasons during the ongoing World Cup. The AC Milan refused to come on as a second half substitute during the 2-0 win over Nigeria earlier this month and shortly after the game, the Croatian FA decided to release him from the squad after he refused to apologise.
Speaking after the situation, Badeljsaid: “What happened didn’t affect us. The team comes first, you have to put your ego aside when you talk about your national team. The situation is different with the national team compared to the club. The same respect is needed but with the national team, you need even more, because don’t play in it as often. The important thing is to maintain unity and a good spirit in the locker room.”
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