Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren appears to have put his Croatian place in jeopardy after head coach Ante Cacic criticised him.
The Reds defender was on the bench for Croatia’s friendly with Hungary on Saturday and was told, along with the rest of the bench, to warm up.
Lovren warmed up but returned to the bench early, much to the disappointment of his coach who has hinted he may now struggle to be in their squad for the Euro 2016 finals in France this summer.
“He did not refuse to get on the pitch because no one invited him to come on,” Cacic said, “But do you think it is up to Lovren or any other player to decide how long will he warm up? Or is it [the] coach’s decision?
“Also, I didn’t specifically tell him to warm up, I told all the benched players because it was cold in Budapest. So all of them went to warm up. I will not tolerate such behaviour because no one is more important than the team. Lovren made [a] step backward, away from our squad.
“We didn’t talk after the match, we will see what is going to happen, but I will not tolerate such acts and he made [a] wrong move.”