Dusan Tadic has vowed never to play for the Serbian national team under manager Radovan Curcic after being left out of the squad for two upcoming friendlies.
The Southampton midfielder has made 35 appearances for his country but was not chosen to face Poland or Estonia during the international break. Ten players were chosen to the side with five or fewer caps for Serbia.
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Speaking to Serbia’s Beta News, Tadic said being dropped was “humiliating and disrespectful” and claimed Curcic is not fit to be the national team manager.
I play in the world’s strongest league and then I find out in the newspapers that I am no longer good enough to play for the national team. Someone could have at least called me and told me over the phone.
This is humiliating and disrespectful, hence I will no longer play for Serbia while Curcic is in charge.
I’d like to be more positive but a coach who has not been in charge of a top team aiming for titles does not have the potential, the authority or the knowledge to lead a national team to victories…but I wish him and the team all the best.
Serbian football has hit a bit of a low over the past few years, failing to qualify for the both the 2012 and 2016 European Championships as well as missing out on the 2014 World Cup.
Earlier this season, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic also voiced his frustrations with the national setup, calling out his teammates for a lack of commitment.