Serbia World Cup squad 2022: All projected 26 players on Serbian national football team roster

Serbia have established themselves as a fixture at the World Cup since 2010, with Qatar 2022 marking their third participation in the last four tournaments.

Dragan Stojkovic also becomes the third coach to take them to a World Cup as their reputation for firing coaches shows little sign of slowing down.

Serbia impressed in qualifying to finish Group A ahead of Portugal at the top. However, they face a battle to make it out of Group G at the tournament, with veteran contenders Switzerland and Cameroon looking to battle behind Brazil for a place in the last 16.

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Expected Serbian World Cup squad 2022

Stojkovic will have through Friday 21 October provide FIFA with an official provisional list of 35-55 players from which to select one final 26-man roster for Qatar by Monday 14 November.

Based on last year’s World Cup qualifying squads and friend lists, these are the names most likely to make his provisional list.

position player association Age caps
goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic Seville (Spain) 30 19
goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic Torino (ITA) 25 6
goalkeeper Marco Ilic Kortrijk (BEL) 24 1
goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic Roma (ITA) 26 28
defender Stefan Mitrovic Getafe (SPA) 32 34
defender Strahinja Pavlovic RB Salzburg (AUS) 21 21
defender Milos Veljkovic Werder Bremen (DE) 27 21
defender Filip Mladenovic Legia Warsaw (POL) 31 19
defender Alexa Terzic Florence (ITA) 23 5
defender Srdan Babic Almeria (SPA) 26 2
defender Erhan Masovic VfL Bochum (GER) 23 2
defender Strahinja Erakovic Red Star Belgrade (SER) 21 1
defender Nikola Milenkovic Florence (ITA) 25 37
defender Matija Nastasic Majorca (SPA) 29 34
defender Uros Spajic Kasimpasa (TUR) 29 20
defender Markus Petkovic Honved (HUN) 30 4
defender Mihailo Ristic Red Star Belgrade (SER) 26 9
defender Milan Gajic CSKA Moscow (RUS) 26 1
defender Nemanja Milunovic Red Star Belgrade (SER) 33 4
defender Svetozar Markovic Partizan Belgrade (SER) 22
defender Slobodan Urosevic Partizan Belgrade (SER) 28 3
defender Milan Rodic Red Star Belgrade (SER) 31 7
midfield player Dusan Tadic Ajax 33 90
midfield player Filip Kostic Juventus (ITA) 29 50
midfield player Stefan Mitrovic Red Star Belgrade (SER) 20 1
midfield player Nemanja Maksimovic Getafe (SPA) 27 39
midfield player Nemanja Radonjic Torino (ITA) 26 36
midfield player Filip Duricic Samdoria (ITA) 30 36
midfield player Sasa Lukic Turin (ENG) 26 32
midfield player Andrija Zivkovic PAOK (GR) 26 28
midfield player Darko Lasovic Verona (ITA) 32 25
midfield player Lazar Samardzic Udinese (ITA) 20
midfield player Sasa Zdjelar CSKA Moscow (RUS) 27 3
midfield player Mijat Gacinovic AEK Athens (GRE) 27 23
midfield player Darko Brasanac Osasuna 30 3
midfield player Mihajlo Banjac Krasnodar (RUS) 22
midfield player Ivan Ilic Verona (ITA) 21 5
midfield player Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio (ITA) 27 35
midfield player Nemandja Gudelj Seville (SPA 30 48
midfield player Marko Grujic Postage (POR) 26 17
midfield player Uros Racic Braga (POR) 24 9
midfield player Veljko Birmancevic Toulouse (FRA) 24 3
Forward Alexander Katai Red Star Belgrade (SER) 31 10
Forward Lazar Randelovic Urals Yekaterinburg (RUS) 25 1
Forward Nemanja Jovic Partizan Belgrade (SER) 20 2
Forward Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham (ENG) 28 76
Forward Lukas Jovic Florence (ITA) 24 28
Forward Dejan Joveljic LA Galaxy (USA) 23 2
Forward Djorde Jovanovic Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR) 23 1
Forward Daniel Alexic Basaksehir (TUR) 31 2
Forward Aleksandar Pesic Red Star Belgrade (SER) 30 1
Forward Dorde Despotovic Arsenal Tula (RUS) 30
Forward Dusan Wlahovic Juventus (ITA) 22 16
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Final 26-man World Cup squad for Serbia

Serbia face a real challenge against Brazil in their opener in Qatar on November 24, but first they play a final friendly against Bahrain on November 18.

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Here’s a projected look at who could potentially make it onto the plane, assuming everyone is fit and available.

position player association Age caps
goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic Seville (Spain) 30 19
goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic Torino (ITA) 25 6
goalkeeper Marco Ilic Kortrijk (BEL) 24 1
defender Stefan Mitrovic Getafe (SPA) 32 34
defender Strahinja Pavlovic RB Salzburg (AUS) 21 21
defender Milos Veljkovic Werder Bremen (DE) 27 21
defender Filip Mladenovic Legia Warsaw (POL) 31 19
defender Alexa Terzic Florence (ITA) 23 5
defender Srdan Babic Almeria (SPA) 26 2
defender Nikola Milenkovic Florence (ITA) 25 37
defender Matija Nastasic Majorca (SPA) 29 34
midfield player Dusan Tadic Ajax 33 90
midfield player Filip Kostic Juventus (ITA) 29 50
midfield player Nemanja Maksimovic Getafe (SPA 27 39
midfield player Nemanja Radonjic Torino (ITA) 26 36
midfield player Filip Duricic Samdoria (ITA) 30 36
midfield player Sasa Lukic Turin (ENG) 26 32
midfield player Andrija Zivkovic PAOK (GR) 26 28
midfield player Darko Lasovic Verona (ITA) 32 25
midfield player Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Lazio (ITA) 27 35
midfield player Nemandja Gudelj Seville (Spain) 30 48
midfield player Marko Grujic Postage (POR) 26 17
midfield player Uros Racic Braga (POR) 24 9
Forward Aleksandar Mitrovic Fulham (ENG) 28 76
Forward Lukas Jovic Florence (ITA) 24 28
Forward Dusan Wlahovic Juventus (ITA) 22 16

Serbia’s Best Players, Strengths & Weaknesses

All eyes will be on it Aleksandar Mitrovic To lead Serbia’s World Cup challenge, with the veteran striker being one of Qatar’s top international goalscorers.

The Fulham star will be key for Serbia as his goals have often decided their fate but Stojkovic is well equipped in midfield Nemanja Gudelj and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic form a strong pair.

Stars

Mitrovic will draw most of the attention in Qatar but his attacking partners have an even brighter future than him.

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Lukas Jovic begins to revive his Serie A career after a nightmare at Real Madrid with Juventus star Dusan Wlahovic one of the strongest strikers in Italian football at the moment.

weaknesses

There will be plenty of pressure on Milinkovic-Savic to lead the Serbian midfield but the Lazio star has previously struggled to translate his club form into the international sphere and there is a notable lack of mobility behind him.

Serbia World Cup group

Brazil appear well positioned to progress out of Group G and into the knockout rounds, with a likely three-way battle for the other place in the round of 16.

Experience has shown that little separates Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, but they will all be confident of having an advantage.

Serbia Group G fixtures and schedule

date Fit time (ET) Stadion
Thursday 24th Nov Brazil vs. Serbia 14 o’clock Lusail Stadium
Mon, Nov 28 Cameroon vs. Serbia 5 am Al Janoub Stadium
Fri, Dec 2 Serbia vs. Switzerland 14 o’clock Stadium 974

Can Serbia replace players in World Cup squad?

Once the final 26-man squad is official, teams participating in the World Cup can only make changes prior to the first game of the tournament and only in exceptional circumstances.

According to the Official Tournament Rules, “A player listed on the final list may only be replaced in the event of a serious injury or illness up to 24 hours before the start of his team’s first game.”

The team in question would have to submit a medical report to FIFA and if the world governing body determines that “the injury or illness is so serious that the player is unable to play at the FIFA World Cup”, the replacement will be allowed.

The substitute player must be from the provisional list of players submitted to FIFA in October.



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