World Ranking: 27

Best European Championships finish: Quarter-finals in 1996 and 2008.

How they qualified: Second-placed behind Antonio Conte's Italy side, despite having one point deducted after a swastika was painted on the field before a qualifying match.

Fixtures: Group D – Turkey (12 June), Czech Republic (17 June), Spain (21 June)

Squad –

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Ivan Vargic

Defenders: Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Gordon Schildenfeld, Sime Vrsaljko, Tin Jedvaj

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Marko Rog, Ante Coric

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Duje Cop

Expectations: Despite boasting a squad of talented players, Ante Cacic's side are not among the favourites for the tournament. Given the tough-looking group they have been drawn in, they may consider it a success to simply qualify for the round of 16.

Ante Cacic
Ante Cacic is to lead Croatia at Euro 2016Getty Images

Manager: Ante Cacic – The 62-year-old has enjoyed a journeyman managerial career since becoming one of the first ten football coaches in Croatia to get the Uefa Pro licence. Indeed, prior to replacing Niko Kovac in 2015, he had managed local sides such as NK Zadar and NK Dubrava, as well as Libya's under-21 team in the mid-2000s.

IBTimes UK prediction: Round of 16 – With Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic combining with the likes of Darijo Srna and Mario Mandzukic, the Croats should provide a stern test of any side they face. However, given they might well be drawn against the similarly impressive-looking Belgian side at the round of 16 stage, Cacic's team could be looking at an early exit from the tournament.