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 Yugoslavia: The 22 for France 98

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( June 3 is the deadline to submit the final roster.)

The list that Coach Slobodan Santrac presents is made up up of:

Goalkeepers: Goalkeepers: Ivica Kralj, 24 years of age (Partizan Belgrade), Dragoje Lekovic 30 (Sporting Gijon, Spain).

Defenders: Zoran Mirkovic, 26 (Juventus, Italy), Goran Djorovic, 26 (Celta Vigo, Spain), Miroslav Djukic, 31 (Valencia, Spain), Sinisa Mihajlovic, 28 (Sampdoria, Italy), Nisa Saveljic, 27 (Bordeaux, France), Slobodan Komljenovic (MSV Duisburg), Zeljko Petrovic (Urava).

Midfielders: Dragan Stojkovic, 32 (Grampus Eight), Dejan Savicevic, 31 (AC Milan, Italy), Slavisa Jokanovic, 29 (Tenerife, Spain), Dejan Govedarica, 28 (Lecce), Vladimir Jugovic, 28 (Lazio, Italy), Branko Brnovic, 30 (Espanyol), Dejan Stankovic (Crvena Zvezda Belgrade), Ljubinko Drulovic, 29 (Porto, Portugal), Miroslav Stevic (TSV Munich 1860, Germany).

Strikers: Predrag Mijatovic, 28 (Real Madrid, Spain), Savo Milosevic, 24 (Aston Villa, England), Darko Kovacevic, 24 (Real Sociedad, Spain), Perica Ognjenovic (Red Star Belgrade).

Who did not make it:Santrac caused a surprise by dropping two regular internationals, defender Albert Nadj, 23 and forward Anto Drobnjak of French champions RC Lens. Zoran Rankovic was dropped due to injury. Also D Risto Vidakovic 28, D Bratislav Zivkovic 27, M Zeljko Petrovic 32, M Milinko Pantic 31, M Sasa Curcic 27, M Dragan Ciric 23, F Dejan Savicevic 31 were not selected.

He said he had taken into consideration the generation of players kept out of the last World Cup by war-related sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia between 1992 and 1995, and also the future of the game in his country.

"This is the best we can offer at the moment - there are no other reasons for leaving anyone off the list," said Santrac.

"We achieved our primary aim, to reach the World Cup finals - I believe this was the last chance to save Yugoslav soccer," he said, referring to the declining popularity of local leagues caused by a massive flow of players to foreign clubs.

Yugoslav coach Slobodan Santrac relied heavily on experience but also laid foundations for the future when he named his 22-man squad for the World Cup finals on Monday. The team is headed by veteran playmaker Dragan Stojkovic who is expected to retire after the tournament.

Santrac is reported to have fallen out with Nadj during eight days of training on Lake Palic, northern Yugoslavia, and he said he was sorry to drop him "but rules are rules. Nadj and I have been working together for 12 years, but he simply could not meet my requirements for the position I planned for him - there were no disagreements of any kind between us," Santrac told a news conference.

"My program required two players for every position in the team. I had planned four strikers - there were six to begin with. and I had to leave out another."

Asked why he had chosen striker Darko Kovacevic over Drobnjak, Santrac said Kovacevic was younger and had more internationals under his belt.

"He has been with the team since 1995, he is younger and he is the future of Yugoslav soccer, and can certainly play for another five of six years in this team."

Santrac is banking on two outstanding talents to provide flair - Crvena Zvezda Belgrade's teenager Dejan Stankovic, who has signed a record deal with Lazio, and Stankovic's 21-year-old team mate Perica Ognjenovic.

Regular keeper Ivica Kralj sustained a nose injury during last Friday's friendly with Nigeria and Yugoslavia will be taking Dragoslav Jevric to Switzerland as cover in warm-up matches.

"We might have to spare Kralj in our matches with Japan on June 3 and Switzerland three days later," he said.

Yugoslavia play in Group F with Germany, Iran and the United States. The opening match is against Iran in St Etienne on June 14.

Asked about the toughest match in group F, Santrac said: "We treat all opponents equally - our main objective is to pass the group stage. It makes no difference whom we have to beat to do that."

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