Tomasic turns down Bulgaria call-up

SOFIA - Croatian-born defender Igor Tomasic was not among 14 foreign-based players named by Bulgaria coach Stanimir Stoilov on Tuesday in his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Italy.

Maccabi Tel Aviv's Tomasic, who ended his retirement from the national team in March, has turned down the chance to join the Bulgarian squad by saying he's not fit enough.

"It's a big honour for me to wear the Bulgaria shirt but I don't want to be a part of the team if I'm not prepared to give a 100 percent on the field," Tomasic was quoted as saying in Bulgarian media.

Stoilov will add home-based players to the squad later this week.

Bulgaria, still unbeaten, are third in Group Eight with eight points from six matches. Italy top the standings on 14 points, followed by Ireland with 13 points from seven matches.


Goalkeepers: Dimitar Ivankov (Bursaspor), Nikolay Mihaylov (Twente Enschede)

Defenders: Stanislav Manolev (PSV Eindhoven), Iliyan Stoyanov (Sanfreche)

Midfielders: Stilian Petrov (Aston Villa), Stanislav Angelov (Energie Cottbus), Dimitar Telkiyski (Amkar Perm), Blagoy Georgiev (Terek Grozny), Chavdar Yankov (Duisburg), Martin Petrov (Manchester City)

Strikers: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United), Dimitar Rangelov (Borussia Dortmund), Valeri Domovchiyski (Hertha Berlin), Valeri Bojinov (Parma)