Euro 2008

Clemente names 10 debutants for Serbia's final qualifier

14:35 GMT, Thu 22 Nov 2007
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By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Serbia's Spanish coach Javier Clemente named 10 uncapped players in his 20-man squad for the rescheduled Euro 2008 Group A qualifier at home to Kazakhstan on Saturday.

The fixture was twice called off last weekend due to heavy snow in Belgrade and UEFA confirmed earlier on Thursday the match would go ahead for "sporting reasons". Neither team can qualify for next year's finals.

UEFA also confirmed clubs were not obliged to release players for the fixture because it is not taking place on an official international match day.

Poland and Portugal qualified from Group A and the best Serbia can do if they beat Kazakshtan is leapfrog Finland into third place after Wednesday's 2-2 home draw with Poland.

It may also be Clemente's last game in charge of Serbia although he said he wanted to carry on and Serbian Football Association (FSS) president Zvezdan Terzic vowed to support him at the body's Dec. 6 meeting.

But media in Belgrade sharpened their axes on Thursday and short-listed several candidates "likely to succeed" the 57-year old Basque after saying he should go.

Daily Sportski Zurnal said Inter Milan assistant coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was the prime candidate to take over and quoted the former Yugoslavia defender as saying he was "very interested" in the job.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Vlada Avramov (Fiorentina), Radisa Ilic (OFK Belgrade)

Defenders: Ivan Stevanovic (OFK Belgrade), Dusko Tosic (Werder Bremen), Dusan Andjelkovic (Red Star Belgrade), Branislav Ivanovic (Lokomotiv Moscow), Djordje Tutoric (Red Star Belgrade), Gojko Kacar (Vojvodina Novi Sad).

Midfielders: Nenad Kovacevic (RC Lens), Igor Duljaj (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ljubomir Fejsa (Hajduk Kula), Zoran Tosic (Partizan Belgrade), Bosko Jankovic (Palermo), Ognjen Koroman (Red Star Belgrade), Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow), Djordje Lazic (Partizan Belgrade), Stefan Babovic (OFK Belgrade).

Strikers: Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege), Ranko Despotovic (Vojvodina Novi Sad), Filip Djordjevic (Red Star Belgrade).
(editing by Justin Palmer)

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