Serbia names mix of veterans and youth in 23-man World Cup squad
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WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN—12 DAYS
Serbia will be hoping that their mix of veterans and youth will serve them well as they hope to navigate through a tricky quartet at this summer’s World Cup.
Serbia were pretty impressive in World Cup qualifiers as they finished on top of their group. The Eagles, however, opted to sack head coach Slavoljub Muslin and hire Mladen Krstajic, who has no managerial experience to guide them through what will be the nations’s second World Cup since Montenegaro declared independence from them in 2006.
Some of the younger players in this 23-man squad include 20-year-old striker Luka Jovic, who could make his debut at this summer’s World Cup, as well as fellow youngster Nikola Milenkovic, who plays his club football for Fiorentina. Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a rising star to keep an eye on as he’s been linked to host a bigger clubs after his standout performances for the Biancocelesti this past season and will want to have a great performance with the senior side this summer.
Nemanja Matic, Adem Ljajic, Branislav Ivanovic, Dusan Tadic and skipper Aleksander Kolarov are among the key veterans who Krstajic will be heavily counting on to help Serbia to try to get to the first knockout rounds—and perhaps beyond this summer.
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojković (Partizan), Marko Dmitrović (Eibar), Predrag Rajković (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Defenders: Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Duško Tošić (Guangzhou R&F), Nikola Milenković (Fiorentina), Miloš Veljković (Werder Bremen), Branislav Ivanović (Zenit), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Milan Rodić (Red Star Belgrade), Uroš Spajić (Krasnodar)
Midfielders: Adem Ljajić (Torino), Nemanja Matić (Manchester United), Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio), Marko Grujić (Cardiff City), Filip Kostić (Hamburg), Luka Milivojević (Crystal Palace), Nemanja Radonjić (Red Star Belgrade), Dušan Tadić (Southampton), Andrija Živković (Benfica)
Forwards: Aleksandar Prijović (PAOK), Aleksandar Mitrović (Newcastle), Luka Jović (Eintracht Frankfurt)
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