Alex Gogic set to face Modric, Oblak, and Skriniar as Hibs midfielder gets Cyprus call

Cyprus call: Hibs midfielder Alex GogicCyprus call: Hibs midfielder Alex Gogic
Cyprus call: Hibs midfielder Alex Gogic
Hibs midfielder Alex Gogic could be pitting himself against some of Europe’s top players after being named in the Cyprus squad for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Croatia, Slovenia, and Slovakia this month.

The 26-year-old has appeared four times for his country since winning his first call-up and could win his fifth cap against the 2018 World Cup runners-up on March 27 if he does not feature against Slovakia three days earlier.

Gogic was involved last year in matches against the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Greece, and Montenegro and while he still has some way to go to match his father Sinisa’s record of 37 caps, he will hope to be named in Nikos Kostenoglou’s starting team for the qualifying triple-header.

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Gogic is one of just four players in the squad to play outside Cyprus, and joins Easter Road colleague Kevin Nisbet in receiving an international call-up this week.

He had to pull out of his initial call-up to represent his country after he was advised to self-isolate at the end of August after returning a coronavirus test result that required further examination.

Gogic qualifies for Serbia as well as Cyprus as a result of his father’s birth in Niš, and he turned out for Serbia at Under-17 level before committing to Cyprus from Under-19 level.

He featured seven times for the Under-19s, playing in friendlies against Estonia, Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway.

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Cyprus face Slovakia and Slovenia in Strovolos on March 24 and 30 respectively, and travel to Rijeka to take on Croatia on March 27.

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