Milan Jovanovic: Until I am playing regularly for Liverpool I do not want to be picked by Serbia
International duty can wait says Serb forward
Liverpool's Serbian international Milan Jovanovic has claimed he does not want to be considered by his country until he is playing regularly at Liverpool.
Jovanovic was signed on a free from Belgian side Standard Liege by former manager Rafa Benitez.
But the 29-year-old forward has failed to make an impression at Anfield under Roy Hodgson.
Jovanovic insists he will fight for his place and has no plans to move.
But he is ruling out a return to international football with Serbia any time soon, with it imperative that he gives his full attention to the Merseyside club who have had an indifferent start to the season so far.
Jovanovic, who played a key role in country's World Cup campaign in South Africa, told reporters: "Did I go to the airport to wish my friends good luck before the game in Sofia?
"No, because I didn't want to be in the spotlight for nothing. This isn't how I do things.
"I am 29 years old and I have a career which is quite good.
"But I know when I am not playing well and that is why I told my national coach [Vladimir] Petrovic that I don't want to be called up until I am playing first-team football at Liverpool.
"This is the honest thing to do and I wouldn't have it any other way."