Serbia World cup

Serbia News: Kolarov upbeat despite young squad

8 months ago

In the latest Serbia news, captain Aleksandar Kolarov has played down a lack of experience among the squad and feels it will not be an issue at the World Cup.

The Serbs have been placed in Group E and will play Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica for a place in the knockout stage.

They topped their qualification group but have not been tipped to pull up any trees in Russia, with a side devoid of any real superstars.

Coach Mladen Krstajic has opted for a youthful-looking squad, who may well be battling for second spot in the group if, as expected, Brazil top the standings.

Eyebrows were raised when the Serbia squad was announced but Kolorov, who now plays for Roma after spending seven years at Manchester City, does not feel his team-mates will be overawed by the situation.

“I can’t see any difference between friendlies and official matches,” he said. “We’re focused on the next game against Costa Rica.

“We are a rather young team, but lack of experience won’t be a problem. All our players have deserved being here due to their performance and their personal qualities.”

Serbia kick off proceedings against Costa Rica on Sunday and are 17/20 with Betway to take the points, with the Central American nation priced at 17/4.

Kolarov will have a chance to influence the youngsters from his role as skipper and feels that none of the squad should be in any doubt they are worthy of featuring in Russia.

“I’ll ask my team-mates to relax and enjoy,” he added. “We have deservedly qualified for the World Cup.

“Perhaps, we don’t even know what we are capable of. Playing for the national team is a huge honour for me.”