Serbia Camp Focus – Antic leaves players sweating on final place

Serbia Coach Radomir Antic reduced his provisional World Cup squad from 30 to 24 players on Friday. With the competition less than three weeks away, Chelsea pair Slobodan Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic were two of six players to be omitted.

Ajax attacker Miralem Sulejmani was perhaps a surprise player who was dropped, but after a poor season for his club was absent along with fellow Eredivise player Jagos Vukovic of PSV. The remaining two players were Nemanja Tomic (Partizan Belgrade) and Dejan Lekic (Red Star Belgrade) surprisingly leaving the Serbians with four keepers in the squad, however, uncapped Andjelko Djuricic of Portuguese side U.D. Leira is expected to be the last player to be withdrawn from Antic’s squad, who has a deadline of June 1 to submit the final squad.

The 6ft 7” giant of a striker Nikola Zigic has been given reassuring praise from his Coach, who has backed him to be one of the stars in South Africa. After scoring three goals in qualification and a goal in Germany 2006, the Valencia striker would come across as a natural danger man with his formidable presence. He said: “The Coach’s words are not a burden. It’s good that Antic praised me and I will try to justify his confidence. I always give my best for Serbia and it will always be that way.” Being the most prolific scorer in the team with 16 goals to his name in 42 matches, Serbia will be looking towards their giant striker to capitalise on the service he should receive from the attacking wingers such as Milos Krasic.

Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic was called up to provide competition for the left midfield spot, and the 23-year-old, who spent a successful second half of the season playing in Germany for FC K

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