The midfielder has returned to Spain with an unspecified injury problem
Ivan Rakitic will miss Croatia’s crucial Nations League showdown with England.
The Barcelona midfielder has been allowed to return to his club by national team manager Zlatko Dalic due to an unspecified injury problem.
Sunday’s game at Wembley will decide who is relegated from League A Group 4, while both countries can still finish top of the group ahead of current leaders Spain.
“Rakitic will return to Barcelona because we do not want to risk anything, we want to be healthy and ready,” said coach Dalic, according to his country’s website.
“We have the solutions and we go to Wembley to enjoy the football.”
Rakitic, 30, has won 101 caps for Croatia, scoring 15 goals.
His composed play from deep helping the eastern Europeans reach the World Cup Final in Russia during the summer. Although they were defeated by France, Rakitic was one of the standout players for his country.
En route to the final, he helped eliminate England at the semi-final stage via an extra-time win in Moscow.