Aleksandar Mitrovic played the first 69 minutes for the Czech Republic on Friday night.
However, after a 4-1 defeat there has been recriminations amongst the squad with some players not happy with a perceived lack of professionalism from their international teammates.
Despite having some very talented players, Serbia finished their European Championship qualifying group with only four points, a massive 17 points behind Portugal who topped the group.
Now Nemanja Matic has said that he is considering quitting international football as other Serbian players don’t show the right commitment and attitude, preferring to try and blame the coaching team instead of taking personal responsibility.
His Serbia and Chelsea teammate, Branislav Ivanovic, in an attempt to defuse the situation, gave a defence of one of the targets of the criticism which went a little bit wrong…
Speaking to Novosti:
“He (Aleksandar Mitrovic) always seems sluggish and overweight but he needs a goal, support, and shouldn’t be criticised too much. We within the team say what to do, not the media.”
This is not the first time that there have been problems for Aleksandar Mitrovic when with the national team, or with weight issues, this is from an article we ran on The Mag back in November 2014 when the Anderlecht striker was being heavily linked originally with a move to Newcastle:
28 November 2014
Aleksander Mitrovic’s agent is 38 year-old former Serbian striker Nenad Jestrovic and he said;
“He let himself go with the national team and came back five pounds overweight. A catastrophe!¨ Aleksandar moved little on the field and then I had a good conversation with him.¨
“I said to Aleksandar: ‘Women, food and entertainment is for later, for now you have to concentrate on the football.”
On a happier note, the press in Serbia are also reporting this weekend that Aleksandar Mitrovic is due to become a dad for the first occasion in three months time.