Serbia’s Vidic, Stankovic to quit internationals
Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic and midfielder Dejan Stankovic
indicated Wednesday they will retire from the national team after
its failure to qualify for the European Championship.
Vidic missed a penalty in a 1-0 loss to Slovenia on Tuesday
which cost Serbia a place in the playoffs for Euro 2012. Estonia
took the playoff sport, while Italy topped Group C.
”It’s time for a change of generations and for some older
players to say goodbye to the Serbian jersey,” said the
29-year-old Vidic, who plays for Manchester United.
Vidic, who returned after an eight-week injury layoff, said it
was his choice to take the penalty.
”I’m aware of the consequences of a poorly executed penalty,”
said Vidic, who has scored two goals in 56 appearances for Serbia.
”If I had scored, the game would have taken an entirely different
While Vidic’s comments came as a surprise, Stankovic’s decision
was not unexpected.
”I played many matches, helped the national team and it’s time
for me to turn to my tasks with Inter Milan,” the 33-year-old
Stankovic said. ”This was my last competitive match for Serbia. I
may play another (farewell) friendly.”
Stankovic made his 102nd appearance for Serbia against Slovenia,
tying the record set by Savo Milosevic. He scored 15 goals for the
Serbia captain Vladimir Petrovic also appears on his way
”I have another two months contract with the football
federation,” Petrovic said. ”In the next few days, we’ll have