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Serbia recall for Dragutinović

Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 15.17CET
Ivica Dragutinović has returned to the Serbia squad for the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers against Belgium and Armenia in Belgrade.
by Aleksandar Bošković
from Belgrade
Serbia recall for Dragutinović
Ivica Dragutinović in action for Serbia and Montenegro ©Getty Images
 
Published: Wednesday 27 September 2006, 15.17CET

Serbia recall for Dragutinović

Ivica Dragutinović has returned to the Serbia squad for the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers against Belgium and Armenia in Belgrade.

Ivica Dragutinović has been included in the Serbia squad for the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifiers against Belgium and Armenia in Belgrade.

Sole change
The Sevilla FC left-back's selection is coach Javier Clemente's only change from the 20-man squad that earned a win at home against Azerbaijan and a draw in Poland in their opening Group A games earlier this month. Dragutinović replaces FC Lokomotiv Moskva right-back Branislav Ivanović, who has been allowed to resume his role as captain of the Under-21 team as they look to reach the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in the Netherlands with a two-legged play-off against Sweden on 6 and 10 October.

Turnstiles opened
The game against Belgium on 7 October will be Serbia's first outing in front of their own supporters since the dissolution of the former Serbia and Montenegro. Their previous match in Belgrade against Azerbaijan was played behind closed doors as part of a sanction carried over from the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Serbia squad
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojković (FC Nantes Atlantique), Vlada Avramov (FBC Treviso).

Defenders: Marjan Marković (FC Dinamo Kyiv), Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United FC), Milan Stepanov (Trabzonspor), Milan Biševac (FK Crvena Zvezda), Mladen Krstajić (FC Schalke 04), Aleksandar Luković (Ascoli Calcio 1898), Ivica Dragutinović (Sevilla FC).

Midfielders: Igor Duljaj (FC Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Stanković (FC Internazionale Milano), Nenad Kovacević (RC Lens), Ognjen Koroman (Portsmouth FC), Aleksandar Trišović (FK Crvena Zvezda), Ivan Ergić (FC Basel 1893), Saša Ilić (Galatasaray SK).

Forwards: Nikola Žigić (Real Racing Club Santander), Marko Pantelić (Hertha BSC Berlin), Danijel Ljuboja (Hamburger SV), Danko Lazović (BV Vitesse).

 
Last updated: 27/09/06 16.24CET

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