Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer spoke in glowing terms of Ivan Perisic and his importance to the Croatian side this week.

Perisic’s performances for Tottenham since his switch from Inter Milan in the summer have gone a bit under the radar, with the Croat having accumulated seven assists in the first part of the 2022-23 campaign from left wing-back (Transfermarkt).

Ivan Perisic

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The 33-year-old, who has been a key player for Croatia for over a decade, has featured in the left of the front three for his national side in their three World Cup games so far.

The Tottenham man played an important part in helping the Croatian side turn over Canada 4-1 on Sunday, setting up both of Andrej Kramaric’s goals.

Perisic also played all 90 minutes in Croatia’s final group game against Belgium on Thursday, which ended 0-0 due to some poor finishing from Romelu Lukaku. The result helped Zlatko Dalic’s side seal progression to the round of 16 stage, where they will now take on Japan.

Ahead of the game against Belgian, both Lineker and Shearer sang Perisic’s praises, with the former Spurs striker saying on BBC One – (Broadcast on 1/12; 14:48): “Perisic is a seasoned pro isn’t he, he’s such a good player and can play different positions for you.”

The Newcastle legend responded: “He’s a really good player. You won’t be around for as long as he has and have the career he has [without that]. He’ll be a big player for them today.”

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Perisic and Croatia were quite lucky to progress to the knockout stages as Belgium could have won quite comfortably had they taken their chances.

However, the draw has worked out great for the Croats as they will now be facing Japan in the round of 16 rather than Spain, who would they would have had to play in the next round had they topped their group ahead of Morocco.

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