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May 24, 2010

Stankovic has that winning feeling

By Soccernet staff

Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic hopes the momentum of a Treble triumph at club level will continue into his World Cup campaign with Serbia, and has tipped the country to escape a difficult Group D.

Dejan Stankovic
GettyImagesDejan Stankovic celebrates victory with Jose Mourinho

Stankovic came on as a second-half substitute on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's Inter defeated Bayern Munich 2-0 to win the European Cup for the first time since 1965 and complete a hat-trick of trophy wins this season.

The midfielder was a prominent figure in Inter's historic accomplishment and though Serbia must face Germany, Ghana and Australia in Group D, a buoyant Stankovic is hoping for further success when the World Cup starts in South Africa.

"The group is tough and we can't underestimate anyone," Stankovic told Blic. "We need to be prepared and give our best shot, and if we manage to do that, I am sure there will be some joy for us at the World Cup. I am on the winners' train, and I'm not getting off now.

"The preparations start on Tuesday. I just need to rest from Madrid for a moment and I will be joining the Serbia squad."

Stankovic wrapped himself him in a Serbia flag following Inter's triumph in the Champions League final and, along with a number of his team-mates and his coach, brought his sons onto the pitch to share in his moment of glory.

"Twenty-odd friends of mine came from Belgrade, and the first thing I did was to run to them after the match and get the Serbian flag from them," Stankovic said.

"My sons and my wife Ana were also sitting pitch side, and after that it was all spontaneous. This is bound to be an unforgettable experience for my three sons, as much as it is for me."