Serbia cuts goalkeeper Brkic to make 23

Updated: June 1, 2010, 8:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Defender Neven Subotic, who grew up in Salt Lake City and played for a U.S. youth national team, has made Serbia's World Cup roster.

A 21-year-old who plays for Borussia Dortmund, Subotic made one start and three substitute appearances for the U.S. at the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship, where he played alongside forward Jozy Altidore, a member of this year's American World Cup team.

Subotic left the U.S. national team program after he was passed over by coach Thomas Rongen for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. He made his debut for Serbia in March 2009.

Subotic was born in Serbia and spent several years living in Germany when he was young. His family moved to Utah when he was about 10.

Serbia coach Radomir Antic got down to the 23-man limit Tuesday by cutting goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic. Antic had taken four goalkeepers to a training camp in Austria.

Captain Dejan Stankovic of Champions League winner Inter Milan leads "The Eagles." Serbia plays Germany, Ghana and Australia in Group D.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Andjelko Djuricic (Leiria, Portugal), Bojan Isailovic (Zaglebie Lubin), Vladimir Stojkovic (Wigan, England)

Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea, England), Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio, Italy), Aleksandar Lukovic (Udinese, Italy), Ivan Obradovic (Zaragoza, Spain), Antonio Rukavina (1860 Munich, Germany), Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United, England)

Midfielders: Milan Jovanovic (Standard Liege, Belgium), Gojko Kacar (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Stuttgart, Germany), Nenad Milijas (Wolverhampton, England), Milos Ninkovic (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine), Radosav Petrovic (Partizan Belgrade), Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan, Itaky), Zoran Tosic (Cologne, Germany)

Forwards: Danko Lazovic (Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia), Dragan Mrdja (Vojvodina Novi Sad), Marko Pantelic (Ajax, Netherlands), Nikola Zigic (Birmingham, England)

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