Nastasic left out as Serbia name final SWC squad

2018-06-01 20:37
Matija Nastasic
Matija Nastasic (Getty Images)

Belgrade - Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic on Friday named a 23-man World Cup squad without Schalke defender Matija Nastasic, who injured his right knee in April.

The squad is led by Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic and includes young Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Serbia will face five-time champions Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica in Group E at the finals in Russia.

Krstajic's team leaves for Austria over the weekend, where Serbia will play pre-tournament friendlies against Chile on June 4 and Bolivia five days later.

23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv/ISR), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar/ESP)

Defenders (8): Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma/ITA), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal/ESP), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit Saint Petersburg/RUS), Uros Spajic (Anderlecht/BEL), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen/GER), Dusko Tosic (Besiktas/TUR), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina/ITA)

Midfielders (9): Nemanja Matic (Manchester United/ENG), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace/ENG), Marko Grujic (Cardiff City/ENG), Dusan Tadic (Southampton/ENG), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica/POR), Filip Kostic (Hamburg/GER), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio/ITA), Adem Ljajic (Torino/ITA)

Forwards (3): Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham/ENG), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Thessaloniki/GRE), Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER)

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