Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojević’s last appearance for Serbia came in their 2-1 defeat to Switzerland at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Since then the 28-year-old has not made it to any of the international fixtures and has been focusing only on the Premier League club.
Serbian publication Mondo explains the Eagles midfielder had an argument with his then manager Mladen Krstajić and after that incident, he decided not to be part of the national team.
Following Serbia’s 5-0 defeat Ukraine in a Euro 2020 qualifier in June, Krstajić was shown the exit door and replaced by Ljubiša Tumbaković as the new manager.
The report explain Tumbaković made a trip to London to persuade the Palace player to return to the national team and he also had a help from Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrović.
It’s claimed ‘smiles are back again’ after the Palace player’s return, and the Cottagers striker has publicly expressed his delight following Milivojević’s inclusion in the Serbia squad.
“It is no surprise to me that Luka is back. Luka is a great patriot who loves his country and I know that it was difficult for him not to have been there in the previous matches, but he is here again and I am very happy that he returned – both for myself and for him,” Mitrović explained.
“We all positively welcomed his return to the team. I know it is a great honour for him to be back again.”
The Fulham star believes Milivojević will bring stability to Serbia’s midfield while playing alongside Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic.
Serbia registered a 4-1 win over Lithuania and they face Portugal later today.