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BELGRADE, Mar 24 (Reuters) - Yugoslav national coach Vujadin
Boskov said on Friday that he would not select Juventus defender
Zoran Mirkovic for his final 22-man squad for the European
Championships in the summer as he was suspended for the three
first round games.
Boskov included Mirkovic in a 22-man squad to face China in a
friendly next Tuesday, but said he would only travel with the
squad to Belgium and the Netherlands for Euro 2000 as a guest.
"Mirkovic has a three-game ban and will only be a guest of
the team in Belgium and the Netherlands in June, as it is not
certain that we will pass the first round," Boskov said at a
news conference in Belgrade.
Boskov's first choice right back collected a three-match ban
in competitive matches after being sent off in the final
qualifying match against bitter rivals Croatia last year.
Looking ahead, Boskov said the match against China was the
real start of his build-up to the finals where Yugoslavia meet
Slovenia, Norway and Spain in Group C.
"Although we know nothing at all about the Chinese team, the
match will be very important for us as it will spark off our
campaign for the Euro 2000 final round," Boskov said.
"We have magnificent players who play in great teams, and we
simply have to go for the trophy, but we also need to ensure
that we are fully prepared both on the physical and mental
planes when we meet Slovenia on June 13," he added.
Asked if there were any problems with his goalkeepers,
Boskov said he was perfectly satisfied with all three choices,
although first choice keeper Ivica Kralj had for some time been
playing with PSV Eindhoven's reserve team.
"Even that is better than sitting on the sidelines," he
added.
He also said he was looking at three youngsters to prove
their worth at the Under-21 European Chamionship play-off
qualifier against England in Barcelona on Wednesday.
They are Lazio star Dejan Stankovic, Partizan Belgrade
striker Mateja Kezman and Red Star Belgrade defender Ivan Dudic,
who is expected to replace Mirkovic in June.
Squad:
Goalkeepers: Ivica Kralj (PSV Eindhoven), Zeljko Cicovic
(Las Palmas), Aleksandar Kocic (Red Star Belgrade).
Defenders: Nenad Sakic (Sampdoria), Zoran Mirkovic
(Juventus), Miroslav Djukic (Valencia), Sinisa Mihajlovic
(Lazio), Goran Djorovic (Celta Vigo), Nisa Saveljic (Girondins
Bordeaux), Slobodan Komljenovic (Kaiserslautern), Goran
Bunjevcevic (Red Star Belgrade), Mladen Krstajic (Partizan
Belgrade).
Midfielders: Slavisa Jokanovic (Deportivo Coruna), Vladimir
Jugovic (Inter Milan), Jovan Stankovic (Mallorca), Ljubinko
Drulovic (Porto), Predrag Djordjevic (Olympiakos Piraeus), Nenad
Grozdic (Vitesse Asnhem).
Strikers: Dejan Savicevic (Rapid Vienna), Predrag Mijatovic
(Fiorentina), Savo Milosevic (Real Zaragoza), Darko Kovacevic
(Juventus).


Is the old fox telling the truth about Mirkovic??? Or is he just being mysterious, he has until June 1 to release his final list of players. Why would he bring him to China if he didn't plan on using in Euro???

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I somehow doubt Boskov is bluffing :(...

But, there are still 4 or 5 freindly matches before EURO2000, Boskov could well change his mind :)
 
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Hmmm, Boskov said from the start that he wouldn't be taking Mirkovic with him to H&B, and the bans don't count in friends Grobare...

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