Croatia-born Karacic cleared for Socceroos duty at World Cup

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FIFA have cleared Croatia Under-21 international Fran Karacic to switch eligibility and play for the Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA say the formal 'change of association' for Croatia-born Karacic, who is named in Australia's provisional squad, was completed on Thursday.

The 22-year-old defender is eligible for Australia because his father was born there.

FIFA let players make one change of allegiance in their career before they play a senior competitive game for a national team.

Karacic seems certain to be included in coach Bert van Marwijk's 23-man squad next month in Russia to fill a need at right-back.

He helped Lokomotiva Zagreb finish fifth in the Croatian league this season.

Australia will play in Group C with France, Denmark and Peru.

Source AAP