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Nemanja Vidic looks forward to 'first' World Cup with independent Serbia side.

    Serbia are competing for the first time as an independent nation [EPA]

    Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic is desperate to make an impact in what could be his last World Cup following the 2006 fiasco in which his country lost all three group matches.

    Vidic was part of Serbia and Montenegro's 2006 World Cup squad but missed the entire tournament through suspension and a knee injury.

    South Africa 2010 will be Serbia’s first tournament as an independent nation.

    "No matter how much silverware you in win your career you always want more," said Vidic, 29, who won three successive league titles and the 2008 European Champions League with United.

    Serbia's build-up to the finals suffered a hiccup following a 1-0 warm-up defeat by New Zealand on Saturday.

    Radomir Antic named his 23-man final squad on Tuesday.

    Goalkeepers:

    Vladimir Stojkovic (Sporting Lisbon), Bojan Isailovic (Zaglebie Lubin), Andjelko Djuricic (Uniao Leiria).

    Group D fixtures

    Sunday June 13

     Germany v Australia 
     Serbia v Ghana 

    Friday June 18

     
    Germany v Serbia 

    Saturday June 19

     
    Ghana v Australia 

    Wednesday June 23

     
    Ghana v Germany 
     Australia v Serbia 

    Defenders:

    Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Antonio Rukavina (Munich 1860), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund), Aleksandar Lukovic (Udinese), Ivan Obradovic (Zaragoza), Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio).

    Midfielders:

    Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan), Gojko Kacar (Hertha Berlin), Nenad Milijas (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (VfB Stuttgart), Radosav Petrovic (Partizan Belgrade), Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow), Zoran Tosic (Manchester United), Milos Ninkovic (Dynamo Kiev), Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege).

    Forwards:

    Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City), Marko Pantelic (Ajax Amsterdam), Danko Lazovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dragan Mrdja (Vojvodina Novi Sad).

    SOURCE: Reuters


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