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Stankovic commends ´top three´ Italy

8 October 2011 13:51

Serbia captain Dejan Stankovic believes Italy are in the top three nations in the world after they drew 1-1 with his side in Belgrade on Friday.

Cesare Prandelli's men have qualified for Euro 2012 after an unbeaten Group C campaign, and the Inter midfielder was impressed after the game in Serbian capital.

"There is no disappointment at the final score, seeing as we stepped on to the field against a side that was super-organised in every area," Stankovic told Repubblica.

"I personally complimented Cesare Prandelli, because I saw a very strong Italy and right now they are among the top three in the world."

"Prandelli has done an excellent job and we could not have done better against them."

The Italian national anthem was drowned out by jeers from the home crowd, which the 33-year-old condemned.

"You do not jeer anyone’s national anthem. That's it, no debate," Stankovic said.

Serbia can reach the playoffs by finishing in second place, and will do so if they beat Slovenia on Tuesday.

"We are a people full of pride, but must overcome the lack of a victory here and concentrate only on the next match with Slovenia," he said.

"After all, our chances of qualifying are still intact."

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