Antic claims Subotic will play for Serbia

December 20, 2008

BELGRADE -- According to Serbia coach Radomir Antic, Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has opted to represent Serbia and will make his debut in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

"We are now in the process of obtaining Serbian citizenship for Subotic as soon as possible and we are delighted to have him in our ranks," Antic told Belgrade's B92 Web site.

"He is an exceptionally talented player and his presence will bolster our chances of progressing to the 2010 World Cup finals from our qualifying group."

Subotic was born in the Bosnian city of Banjaluka while it was still a part of the former Yugoslavia but played for the U.S. U-20 national side after spending his childhood in Germany and the United States. He holds an American passport.

The 20-year old, who won promotion to the Bundesliga with his former club Meinz last season, has scored five goals in 17 appearances for Dortmund since joining them in June.

However, U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said Subotic has yet to make a final decision.

"As with previous reports regarding Neven, his representative continues to advise us that the stories are untrue and no decision has been made in regards to his international future,'' Gulati told AP.

There has been no official comment from 20-year-old Subotic, who was born in Bosnia and holds an American passport. He has played for the U.S. Under-17s.