With his national team in a match versus Croatia (©GettyImages)
With his national team in a match versus Croatia (©GettyImages).

Josip Drmic wanted to play for Croatia

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On March 6, Switzerland were facing rivals Croatia in a friendly match. Among the Swiss team, there was someone who was singing the national anthem of their opponents. It was one of Bundesliga's best goalscorers - Josip Drmic.

In September 2012, Drmic won his first cap in a match against Albania. It was already obvious this youngster is going to become a superstar. Great footballing skills learned in Zurich provided him a transfer to Nurnberg, signing a professional contract with the club in July 2013.

Convincingly the top scorer at the club with 16 goals, while the runner-up scored only 3 goals, made clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayer Leverkusen send their scouts to track the striker in favour of getting him into the team.

Not making any contact with this lad was Croatia's biggest mistake. Sure, there are plenty of other great forwards in Niko Kovac's team, but why wouldn't they go for another one? Josip Drmic expressed a wish to play for Vatreni. This wish will never come true.

Is it about the inefficiency of the coaching staff? It might be, considering this hasn't happened for the first time. They could have easily grab one of world's best players - Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mario Gavranovic, Drmic's teammate was also eligible to play for Croatia.

Mario Mandzukic is now the best striker in the team, and he and Drmic would made a great duo. Mistakes like this should not repeat ever again. They are missing on some big potentials that could grow up in the best footballers of the world, just like Zlatan.

Branimir Hrgota was a part of Sweden u-21 team in 2012 and can represent Sweden, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia. The 21-year-old's priority is Croatia and he still awaits for a call-up. This is the chance for this national side to redeem for missing out on Drmic.

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