Vojvodina Novi Sad goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic was the unlucky man to miss out as Serbia coach Radomir Antic today trimmed his 24-man party down to the final 23 names who will make the trip to South Africa.
Antic had earlier cut Chelsea duo Slobodan Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic from his provisional squad of 30, while also omitting Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani, PSV Eindhoven defender Jagos Vukovic, Partizan Belgrade midfielder Nemanja Tomic and Red Star Belgrade striker Dejan Lekic.
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will be expected to provide the solidity at the back while winger Milos Krasic of CSKA Moscow will aim to supply the chances for new Birmingham signing Nikola Zigic.
Serbia face Poland in a friendly in Austria tomorrow, and are up against Germany, Australia and Ghana in World Cup Group D.
Serbia World Cup squad: Vladimir Stojkovic (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Bojan Isailovic (Zaglebie Lubin, Poland), Andjelko Djuricic (Uniao Leiria, Portugal); Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea, England), Antonio Rukavina (1860 Munich, Germany), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United, England), Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Aleksandar Lukovic (Udinese, Italy), Ivan Obradovic (Real Zaragoza, Spain), Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio, Italy); Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan, Italy), Gojko Kacar (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Nenad Milijas (Wolves, England), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Stuttgart, Germany), Radosav Petrovic (Partizan Belgrade), Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Zoran Tosic (Manchester United, England) , Milos Ninkovic (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege, Belgium); Nikola Zigic (Birmingham, England), Marko Pantelic (Ajax, Holland), Danko Lazovic (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia), Dragan Mrdja (Vojvodina Novi Sad).