Luka Milivojevic has been included in Serbia’s provisional 27-man squad for the 2018 World Cup finals.
The Palace midfielder has initially been selected by national coach Mladen Krstajić for the finals as part of the squad that will participate in their first major finals since 2010, and could do battle against Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica in the group stages.
Serbia reached the finals by topping a group containing both Wales and the Republic of Ireland, losing just once in their 10 qualifiers with Milivojevic playing in nine of them, scoring once. However, despite leading them to the World Cup, manager Slavoljub Muslin was axed following a fall-out with the Serbian FA, leading to Krstajić’s appointment.
Milivojevic has previously won 26 caps for his country, and could add to that tally in a warm-up match against Chile in Austria on 4th June, following which the final 23-man squad for the finals will be confirmed. Those who remain will then take on Bolivia in Graz five days later, before jetting off to Russia.
Their tournament kicks off against Costa Rica on 17th June, before facing Switzerland five days later and then finishing the group stage against Brazil on 27th June.
Provisional Serbia World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic ( Partizan), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar), Aleksandar Jovanovic (AGF).
Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Matija Nastasic (Schalke 04), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade).
Midfielders: Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Filip Kostic (Hamburg), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Nemanja Maksimovic (Valencia), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade).
Forwards: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK), Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt).