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Reinforced Serbia chase fading dream

Published: Friday 9 November 2007, 14.52CET
Defenders Ivica Dragutinović, Nemanja Vidić and Mladen Krstajić are back as Serbia hope wins against Kazakhstan and Poland will take them to the finals.
by Aleksandar Bošković
from Belgrade
Published: Friday 9 November 2007, 14.52CET

Reinforced Serbia chase fading dream

Defenders Ivica Dragutinović, Nemanja Vidić and Mladen Krstajić are back as Serbia hope wins against Kazakhstan and Poland will take them to the finals.

Defenders Ivica Dragutinović, Nemanja Vidić and Mladen Krstajić are back as Serbia hope six points against Kazakhstan and Poland will be enough to take them to UEFA EURO 2008™.

Injured captain
While Dragutinović is back from suspension, and Vidić and Krstajić are fit again following injuries, Javier Clamente knows wins at home against Kazakhstan on 17 November and Group A leaders Poland four days later may not be enough to take Serbia to the finals. Captan Dejan Stanković has been named in the bumper 24-man selection despite carrying an ankle injury. Serbia are third in the section, three points adrift of second-placed Portugal and four behind Poland.

Serbia squad
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojković (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Vlada Avramov (ACF Fiorentina).

Defenders: Nemanja Vidić (Manchester United FC), Mladen Krstajić (FC Schalke 04), Ivica Dragutinović (Sevilla FC), Marjan Marković (FC Dynamo Kyiv), Antonio Rukavina (FK Partizan), Duško Tošić (Werder Bremen), Milan Stepanov (FC Porto), Branislav Ivanović (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Milan Biševac (RC Lens).

Midfielders: Dejan Stanković (FC Internazionale Milano), Zdravko Kuzmanović (ACF Fiorentina), Igor Duljaj (FC Shakhtar Donetsk), Nenad Kovačević (RC Lens), Milan Smiljanić (RCD Espanyol), Boško Janković (US Città di Palermo), Miloš Krasić (PFC CSKA Moskva), Zoran Tošić (FK Partizan), Ognjen Koroman (FK Crvena Zvezda).

Forwards: Nikola Žigić (Valencia CF), Marko Pantelić (Hertha BSC Berlin), Danko Lazović (PSV Eindhoven), Milan Jovanović (R. Standard de Liege).

Last updated: 09/11/07 14.52CET

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