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Matic slams Serbia team-mates and threatens to quit

Serbia star Nemanja Matic has threatened to quit
international duty, citing the “unacceptable
attitude” of his team-mates.

Chelsea enforcer Matic featured for Serbia on
Friday night as they were hammered 4-1 by the
Czech Republic in a friendly in Ostrava – their
seventh loss in the last 11 matches.

Chelsea team-mate Branislav Ivanovic,
Southampton’s Dusan Tadic, Newcastle forward
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Man City’s Aleksandar
Kolarov also started Friday’s heavy defeat.
Serbia failed to qualify for Euro 2016 – the third
successive major tournament they have missed –
and Matic says he will quit the national team “if
things don’t change”.

“I always try to lead by example but some people
don’t want to see that,” the 27-year-old
midfielder told Serbian media.
“The attitude of some players is unacceptable,
not just on the pitch but off it too, and it was
obvious from the moment we got together on

“I told our coach [Radovan Curcic] there is no
point in me carrying on with the national team if
things don’t change.

“I’d really like to know whether some of my
team-mates apply the same poor working ethic at
their clubs as they do in the national team most of
the time.”d

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