With English football postponed until April, Football FanCast will be bringing you a daily dose of trivia to help fill that void. For the answer to today’s edition of Who Am I?, scroll down to the bottom of the article.
Who Am I?
I played 81 times for my country, and once scored a famous goal against England.
I lifted the FA Cup in the late 2000s and would work under the same manager at my next club, Tottenham.
I scored 11 goals in 71 games for Spurs.
After briefly leaving English football in 2012, I quickly returned to gain promotion from the Championship via the Playoffs.
I then finished my career at Rangers, but only made 15 starts for the Scottish club.
The answer is Niko Kranjcar, who signed for Portsmouth in 2006. A year later, he would score for Croatia in qualifying for Euro 2008, essentially eliminating England and ultimately resulting in Steve McClaren’s sacking.
In the same season, the attacking midfielder helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup, before soon following Harry Redknapp to Spurs. Kranjcar could never quite hold down a starting position in his three years at Spurs and subsequently joined Dynamo Kiev.
12 months on, he was signed by Redknapp again – this time to help QPR out of the Championship. He was part of the side that won the 2013/14 Playoff final, and then failed to stay up the year after.
Following a very brief stint in the MLS, Kranjcar moved to Rangers but never made much of an impact in Scotland. He hasn’t played professionally since being released in March 2018 due to continuous injury problems.