Australian Four Four Two - - 99 THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS SEASON -

The Johnny War­ren Medal win­ner de­clined an in­vi­ta­tion from the Ser­bian na­tional team last Novem­ber af­ter his stun­ning early 2016/17 A-League form, pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on club foot­ball, given the travel de­mands The 32-year-old, who has 28 Serbia caps, hasn’t played for the Ea­gles since 2012. The cur­rent squad in­cludes Ne­manja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic and Du­san Tadic and they are fly­ing in their World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group against the Repub­lic of Ire­land, Wales and Aus­tria so it’s un­likely they’d turn to Ninkovic again... but you never know. Pea­cock weighs in: “Serbia have a lot of tal­ented play­ers and a good crop com­ing through. Whether they go back to Ninkovic at 32... we know he’s good enough, and if for­mer team­mate Marc Janko can do it, then some­one like Ninkovic could. It’sjust a ques­tion of whether he wants to and they want him to.”

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