There are eight new faces in Dejan Savicevic's Yugoslavia squad for the 13 February friendly international with Mexico in the United States.
‘Experience and youth’
The eight newcomers - Dragoslav Jevric, Vukasin Poleksic, Nenad Dzodic, Goran Gavrancic, Ognjen Koroman, Nenad Brnovic, Veljko Paunovic and Nenad Mladenovic - will be aiming to impress against the 2002 FIFA World Cup finalists in Phoenix, Arizona. Coach Savicevic said of the promising octet: "They fit into my vision of the reconstruction of Yugoslavian football ahead of the qualification campaign for EURO 2004™. The team is made up of experience and youth as this is the formula for success."
After his country's failure to qualify for Korea/Japan, Savicevic is doubly determined to lead Yugoslavia to the 2004 UEFA European Championship in Portugal, and he insists age is no barrier to selection as the qualifiers near. "This is a test for older players to show to me what they can give this team at the moment - every player is in my plans, no matter how old he is," Savicevic added. "The match against Mexico will be very good. We are playing against a World Cup finalist and I will insist that my squad do their best to win."
Jevric, Zrilic, Poleksic, Dzodic, Gavrancic, Mihajlovic, Krstajic, Stefanovic, Dmitrovic, Jokanovic, Jugovic, Stankovic, Komoran, Krivokapic, Brnovic, Paunovic, Mijatovic, Milosevic, Kezman, Mladenovic.
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