Though it is the lowest-ranked team in Group E, Serbia is a tough out and will not take a back seat to any of its opponents. Coach Mladen Krstajic’s attack is built around striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, an enigmatic 23-year-old who couldn’t make an impact with Newcastle United but played a starring role in Fulham’s Premier League promotion bid. With four defenders on the wrong side of 30—including longtime captain Branislav Ivanovic and AS Roma hard man Aleksandr Kolarov—opposing attacks will like their chances against Serbia.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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