The Aston Villa man, who has dropped down the goalkeeping pecking order at Villa Park, played 45 minutes for his nation in yesterday's friendly.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic was in action for Croatia for the first time this season as he lined up between the sticks for Tuesday's friendly against Georgia - but the Villa Park man did not exactly cover himself in glory.
In the 19th minute of the game in Pula, the Aston Villa stopper failed to deal properly with an effort from Georgi Papunashvili and parried the ball into the net to give the visitors the lead.
Kalinic's nation did go on to equalise as Guram Kashia chested into his own net from a free kick whipped into the box from Mislav Orsic in the 25th minute, while captain Ivan Perisic headed home the winner in the second half from a Josip Juranovic cross.
By that point, the Villa man had already left the pitch, manager Zlatko Dalic having replaced him with Simon Sluga as he made several substitutions at half time.
On social media, Kalinic came under some criticism for his error, including from the official Georgian Football Federation Twitter account:
Kalinic........ there's a reason why Livakovic is the 1— ℒ❁ (@RM_Modric10) 19 November 2019
Need to find a backup keeper desperately, get rid of that Kalinic— ⚽️ Rob (@CroSoccerRob) 19 November 2019
Josip Condric from NK Istra is a better choice than Kalinic... and that’s disrespectful to Josip— Brice Gower (@BriceGower) 19 November 2019
Kalinic is soooo bad it's incredible— BOBAN (@lapatelic) 19 November 2019
Hell yes. And it was glorious— DeePee (@DeePeeTeeHee) 19 November 2019
Aston Villa signed Kalinic in January 2018 for a reported £7million fee (Sky Sports News), but he has failed to impress during his time Villa Park and has since slipped down the pecking order, with Tom Heaton, Jed Steer and Orjan Nyland also at Dean Smith's disposal.
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