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Bosnia Boss Robert Prosinecki Demands Jozo Šimunović Explains His U-Turn

Bosnia Boss Robert Prosinecki Demands Jozo Šimunović Explains His U-Turn

Bosnia manager Robert Prosinecki has demanded Celtic defender Jozo Šimunović explains his international u-turn to the country’s supporters.

Šimunović represented Croatia, the country of his birth, internationally up until the under-21s, before deciding he wanted to represent Bosnia at senior level last summer.

But even though he’s yet to win a single competitive cap for Bosnia, Šimunović decided last week that he no longer wanted to play for them – even though FIFA have stepped in to say he can no longer represent Croatia.

Understandably perplexed and frustrated, new Bosnia coach Prosinecki – who is ironically a Croatian legend – has now hit out at the Hoops defender and requested a more thorough explanation.

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Speaking via the Sun, the former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Portsmouth midfielder said: “When we start begging someone to play for the national team, I find that impossible. I won’t do that.

“For me, the greatest honour in football is being invited to play for your country.

“Jozo Simunovic called me last week and said he would not play for Bosnia.

“My response to him was not to tell me his reasons…tell the public of Bosnia why you don’t want to play for them.

“So far he has not and the matter is ended.”

It remains to be seen if the pair can patch things up, meaning Šimunović might still have an international future, but, for now at least, it looks like the only team Šimunović will be playing for is Celtic.

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