Mateo Kovacic played 90 minutes for Croatia on Tuesday night in the Nations League – and some Chelsea fans responded by giving him immense praise for his international performance.

Croatia ended up losing 4-2 away to reigning World Cup champions France in a thrilling contest, with plenty of Premier League representatives in the fixture.

France v Croatia - UEFA Nations League

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Blues pair N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud both featured for victors France, while for Croatia central midfielder Kovacic was a shining light in their team.

Kovacic produced an all-action eye-catching performance on the international stage, which included a stunning defence-splitting pass to assist his nation’s second goal.

The 26-year-old was brilliant in the centre of the park with his ball retention and quality on the ball, plus he was everywhere defensively too trying to help out.

He was rightfully named Chelsea’s player of the year last season and it will be no surprise to watch him grab the headlines again in the new campaign, despite the arrival of some incredible new signings in Frank Lampard’s squad.

France v Croatia - UEFA Nations League

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A selection of Blues supporters on social media were left in awe of their midfielder’s international masterclass and can’t wait to watch him in action in the Premier League, albeit he is suspended for the season opener against Brighton.

Here are some Chelsea fans discussing Kovacic:

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