June 17, 2018 / 11:18 AM / 9 months ago

Ivanovic to become Serbia's most capped player

Soccer Football - World Cup - Serbia Training - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 16, 2018 Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic during training REUTERS/David Gray

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Branislav Ivanovic will become Serbia’s most capped player after he was named in the side for their World Cup Group E opener against Costa Rica at the Samara Arena on Sunday.

The former Chelsea defender will make his 104th international appearance, surpassing the previous record of 103 which he held jointly with former midfielder Dejan Stankovic.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, taking charge of his first competitive game, picked in-form striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to spearhead the attack.

Costa Rica have stuck with the spine of the team who reached the quarter-finals four years ago, with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas in goal, Deportivo La Coruna’s Celso Borges in midfield and captain Bryan Ruiz as their main creative influence.

Reporting by Toby Davis,; Editing by Ed Osmond

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