Antic reshuffles Serbia squad

BELGRADE - Serbia coach Radomir Antic has dropped several regulars and called up three debutants for their friendly against South Africa in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Having described the match as a perfect test for Serbia ahead of their World Cup qualifier with France next month, Antic left out wingers Bosko Jankovic and Miralem Suljemani, captain Dejan Stankovic and Nenad Milijas.

He included uncapped goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic as well as midfielders Radosav Petrovic and Marko Milinkovic for the match against the 2010 World Cup hosts.

"The friendly is a good opportunity to test some young players and try out several different formations ahead of the closing stages of our qualifying campaign," Antic told a news conference on Friday.

"South Africa impressed in this summer's Confederations Cup and I am confident they will bring the best out of my team," said Antic.

The Serbians top Europe's Group Seven with 18 points from seven matches, eight ahead of 2006 finalists France who have two games in hand.