Twelve years after Montenegro achieved independence and 11 years after they were formally recognised by Fifa, they meet Serbia for the first time.

The match is the biggest in the nation’s history, according to goalkeeper Danijel Petkovic, 

Serbia and Montenegro are level on points at the top of Group C4 after two games.

For Serbia main man also Crystal Palaceplayer Luka Milivojevic is one of several players to have dropped out of the squad.

He fell out with manager Mladen Krstajic, while the captain, Nemanja Matic, is also injured.

“Our ambitions remain the same,” says Krstajic, who revealed: “Matic will most likely come to Podgorica to see us because his boss is coming.”

Serbia’s young stars Nikola Milenkovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic may be given chance to represent their country.