Milosevic to win 100th cap against Argentina

June 16, 2006

Savo Milosevic is set to achieve a personal milestone at the World Cup this afternoon.

The 32-year-old striker is best remembered in England for a disappointing spell with Aston Villa. However in his native land he is a cult figure, not a figure of ridicule.

And he now looks poised to chalk up his 100th cap for Serbia and Montenegro in a must-win game against Argentina.

Milosevic, however, believes the group has to come first - not the individual.

He said: 'I do not like to speak about personal records, especially when our team is most important.

'Our rival is a dangerous one and we have to do our best if we want to cheer our fans at the end of the game.'

Serbia must take something from the match following their defeat by Holland, otherwise they will be going home.

Coach Ilija Petkovic appears to be feeling the strain after a qualifying campaign which saw his side prove difficult to beat.

Petkovic has become irritated at suggestions the Serbo-Montenegrins are hampered by his conservative approach.

'The first rule in this sport is not to concede a goal,' said the 60-year-old. 'It is something that is most important in football and I will not change my thoughts on that.'

Argentina, in stark contrast, look relaxed and in good spirits after opening with a victory with the Ivory Coast.

They enjoyed a walkabout at the match venue last night with the players busy taking photos of the massive Schalke Arena.

Atletico Madrid's Fabricio Coloccini summed up the positive mood in the camp.

'Everyone here feels important in what is a very short championship,' he said. 'We must all be prepared to demonstrate we can play whenever the coach needs us.'

Coach Jose Pekermen makes one change to the side, with Luis Gonzalez making his World Cup bow. He replaces Esteban Cambiasso.

Pekermen keeps faith with the strike partnership of Hernan Crespo and Javier Saviola, both of whom scored against the Ivory Coast.

Young Barcelona winger Lionel Messi, who damaged his foot in training on Wednesday, is expected to be on the bench.