The Croatians and Russia will play in Austria and Switzerland next summer after Bilic´s men triumphed 3-2 at Wembley on Wednesday night.
And Bilic took the opportunity to wryly point out that many had been too quick to assume that qualification was a near certainty when the groups were drawn, saying: "I read in the papers that no Croatian player would start in your team. That´s ridiculous. Wake up."
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