They will decide in two days (May 26) whether Nastasic will be ready.
Surprised Spajic made it. I remember reading not too long ago that he had a bad injury and would be missing the World Cup. I don't expect him to make the final squad though.
I thought Basta would get a spot but he did not have a good year at Lazio and isn't a part of our future. It looks like Milenkovic or Ivanovic will be the backup option at RB.
My biggest and only real disappointment is Grujic ahead of Lukic. Switch those two and you have a perfect squad.
Fully agreed Marko! Grujic is the only real disappointment as from Zoric and everyone else Lukic has been on a really good level. I haven't seen any of the Cardiff or Levante games so I can't really say but from the sounds of it, it seems like Grujic is being viewed as the future and he is also being pushed a bit. I wonder how much of his call up also has to do with the fact that his time at Liverpool has yet to materialize and maybe his inclusion is to drive his value up before being sold. Either way, both Grujic and Lukic are back ups at this World Cup so it's not a detrimental non call-up.
Outside of this I agree with you that we pretty much have the best squad we can call up. Basta has not featured in the last couple of months for Lazio and he has proven his inability given his age to play in a back four. He is not pacey enough on one on one situations but he is very good as a right wing back in a 3-5-2 system. Thus, even though I like Basta I'm fine with us looking at the future.
Even though Krstajic might be a bit arrogant, what I like about his selection is that it's a bit refreshing. He could have easily taken the "Old Boys" to this World Cup as back ups but instead he has called up the likes of Milenkovic, Rajkovic, Veljkovic, Zivkovic, Radonjic, Milinkovic-Savic, Gacinovic, Maksimovic and Jovic in his initial 27. These are all names for the future and players that will mark our national team for the next decade, and this experience will only bode well. I also like the inclusion of Milan Rodic who through his form has earned his call-up. Krstajic could have easily opted for someone like Jagos Vukovic or Ivan Obradovic. Like you said, outside of possibly Grujic, this is our best squad in current form.
That said, the 27 names called up are -
Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar) and Aleksandar Jovanovic (Aarhus).
Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Antonio Rukavina (Villareal), Dusko Tosic (Gvangzhou RF), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade) and Matija Nastasic (Schalke 04).
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (SS Lazio), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Mijat Gacinovic (Einchart Frankfurt), Marko Grujic (Cardiff City), Nemanja Maksimovic (Valencia), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (SL Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade).
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK), Luka Jovic (Einchart Frankfurt).
For me, the players that get cut are Jovanovic (Aarhus), Spajic (Krasnodar), Grujic (Cardiff) and Maksimovic (Valencia). However, given what I've said above about Grujic being forced a bit, I have a feeling that one of Rodic/Milenkovic/Veljkovic will be cut instead of Grujic.
Either way, you can't really argue with the names called up and I applaud at the professionalism Krstajic has brought to the setup for now.