Home-based players Nejc Skubic (Domžale) and Nik Kapun (Olimpija Ljubljana) are the new faces in Srečko Katanec's Slovenia squad for the Group E qualifiers in Switzerland on Saturday and at home to Estonia on Tuesday. Rene Krhin and Dalibor Stevanović have been recalled, but experienced defender Mišo Brečko misses out.
Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovič (Internazionale), Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid), Nejc Vidmar (Domžale).
Defenders: Boštjan Cesar (Chievo), Branko Ilič (Astana), Luka Krajnc (Cagliari), Andraž Struna (PAS Giannina), Nejc Skubic (Domžale), Miral Samardžić (Rijeka), Bojan Jokić (Villarreal).
Midfielders: Andraž Kirm (Omonia), Kevin Kampl (Bayer Leverkusen), Josip Iličič (Fiorentina), Jasmin Kurtič (Atalanta), Dejan Lazarevič (Antalyaspor), Rajko Rotman (Istanbul BB), Valter Birsa (Chievo), Rene Krhin (Granada CF), Dalibor Stevanović (Mordovia Saransk), Nik Kapun (Olimpija Ljubljana).
Forwards: Milivoje Novakovič (Nagoya Grampus), Robert Berić (St-Étienne), Nejc Pečnik (Jef United), Zlatan Ljubijankić (Urawa Red Diamonds).
Aleš Mertelj, Slovenia midfielder
We are very disappointed, because we came back after England went ahead 2-1, but they scored again after 20 seconds. We wanted this point, but we didn't get it, so we are disappointed. We'll receive some points in the other matches. We know that England are the favourites in our group.
We have to look for points in other matches. September will be here soon. We want to win matches and we have a good team. We have to do better on the pitch. We have to score more goals and we'll be better.
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