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Goran Czechs back in

Posted on 6 September 2002  - 12:00

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Goran Bunjevcevic is ready to rebuild his international career as Yugoslavia attempt to rebuild their standing as one of the best countries in Europe.

The defender told us last year that Yugoslavia's failure to qualify for the World Cup in Japan was seen as a disaster back home.

Now they are preparing for a tough Euro 2004 qualifying campaign up against the likes of Italy, Wales and Finland.

The final warm-up for their opener against Italy in October is Saturdays' friendly against Czech Republic in Prague.

Goran's last cap was against the Faroe Islands in June 2001 and he's delighted to be back in the fold.

"It has been almost a year," he reflected. "I played many games beforehand but when I was injured at Spurs I wasn't in the national team, so it's nice to be back.

"We play against the Czech Republic in Prague. It's a very good game for us, the last game before Euro qualification starts and we have a tough group with Wales, Italy, Finland, so it will be hard.

"First we win at Spurs, we are top and now I join the national team, so it has been a great week for me."

Goran said that the respective Yugoslavian coaches had always monitored his progress when he was injured for most of last season.

He explained: "For the last game he called me and said he wanted me to play more games here and as I progressed here it would be good for me. Now I'm back.

"It's a new start. We have some younger players coming through.

"As I said, it's a tough group. I think Wales are doing a great job, Finland is very tough and we all know about Italy.

"So it will be tough for us. We have lots of good players, new start, new manager, but we shall see. We have a hard start against Italy and then Wales so these two games can be a good a start for us."

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