When we were covering Luka Milivojevic’s move to Crystal Palace, what jumped out from reports in Greece and Serbia is what a good free-kick and penalty taker the midfielder is.

In his first full season in England, Milivojevic has proven that, being Palace’s top goalscorer overall. Now looking forward to the World Cup with Serbia, the midfielder has been speaking in his home country about his time in English football.

Serbian newspaper Blic are very impressed with their compatriot’s achievements, as they’ve seen many players go to the Premier League and fall flat on their face.

Taking about the responsibility he’s been given at Crystal Palace, Milivojevic explained: “I practiced a lot of free-kicks when Sam Allardyce was manager and I was very successful in training. At a meeting with all the players, the manager asked me if I was confident enough to take responsibility. Of course, there was a thunderous ‘YES’.”

Calling the World Cup the “biggest thing” in his career, the Palace player is especially looking forward to testing himself against Brazil, a team he regards as the best on the planet.

There’s a good feeling around the Serbia squad right now and not so long ago it was entirely the opposite. Fans and players have repaired their bond, and this summer is being relished rather than feared.