Serbia coach Radomir Antic has named a 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group 7 qualifier against France on 9 September in Belgrade which could virtually secure the hosts' ticket to next summer's finals. After seven of the ten qualifiers, Serbia lead Group 7 on 18 points, with France, who have played one game fewer, second on 13.
The winners of each of the nine groups in the Europe zone gain automatic entry to the South Africa 2010. The eight best second-placed finishers from each group will then compete in a two-legged play-off, with the continent's four remaining tickets at stake.
Victory for Serbia in Belgrade would give them 21 points and an eight-point lead on France, who would have three games remaining in which to claw back the deficit to Serbia, who would then have two games to play.
Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Vladimir Disljenkovic (Metalurg Donetsk/UKR), Zeljko Brkic (Vojvodina Novi Sad/SRB)
Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea/ENG), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United/ENG), Ivica Dragutinovic (Sevilla/ESP), Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Aleksandar Lukovic (Udinese/ITA), Antonio Rukavina (1860 Munich/GER), Ivan Obradovic (Real Zaragoza/ESP), Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio Rome/ITA)
Midfielders: Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan/ITA), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Fiorentina/ITA), Nenad Milijas (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow/RUS), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege/BEL), Gojko Kacar (Hertha Berlin/GER), Radosav Petrovic (Partizan Belgrade/SRB), Zoran Tosic (Manchester United/ENG), Milos Ninkovic (Dynamo Kiev/UKR)
Forwards: Nikola Zigic (Valencia/ESP), Danko Lazovic (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Marko Milinkovic (Kosice/SVK)