Ivanovic to become Serbia's most capped player

Reuters , Sunday 17 Jun 2018,
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Soccer Football - International Friendly - Serbia vs Bolivia - Merkur-Arena, Graz, Austria - June 9, 2018 Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates with Filip Kostic after scoring their fourth goal REUTERS

Branislav Ivanovic will become Serbia's most capped player after he was named in the side for their World Cup Group E opener against Costa Rica at the Samara Arena on Sunday.

The former Chelsea defender will make his 104th international appearance, surpassing the previous record of 103 which he held jointly with former midfielder Dejan Stankovic.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, taking charge of his first competitive game, picked in-form striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to spearhead the attack.

Costa Rica have stuck with the spine of the team who reached the quarter-finals four years ago, with Real Madrid's Keylor Navas in goal, Deportivo La Coruna's Celso Borges in midfield and captain Bryan Ruiz as their main creative influence.

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