The Serbian FA has confirmed the appointment of Slavoljub Muslin as the country’s new national team coach.

Muslin’s appointment was announced on Thursday as he comes in to replace Radovan Curcic.

Muslin, who will be in charge until the end of the 2018 World Cup campaign has urged Serbian players to show ‘more passion’ after failing to appear at a major tournament in the last three years.

“The players have to take the lion’s share of the blame for missing out on three successive major tournaments,” Muslin told Belgrade’s B92 website.

“I will try to instill more passion in them because to play for your national team, you have to love your country. It’s about motivation and not money.

“All the other former Yugoslav republics have it and if we can show the same level of determination, I am confident we can reach the 2018 tournament in Russia from a tough qualifying section.

“Wales, Austria and Ireland are strong rivals and it is clear that you can’t expect to beat anyone with a half-hearted approach.

“We have to change our attitude while the fans too, who have turned their back a bit on the national team during the barren spell, have to support us in our time of need.”


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