World Cup: Tough night for Serbia leaves Branislav Ivanovic frustrated

Branislav Ivanovic: Disappointed with midweek result, but has not quit international football

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Branislav Ivanovic has attempted to steer clear of quit rumours following a disappointing night for Serbia in World Cup qualifying.

Chelsea defender Ivanovic was benched for Tuesday's Group A encounter with Macedonia and was only introduced by coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with a little over 20 minutes remaining.

Serbia had already conceded by the time he joined the action, and were unable to find a route back into the game during the closing stages.

Reports in the aftermath of a game which left Serbia on four points from four games and six points adrift of the top two suggested Ivanovic was ready to call time on his international career, but he offered no indication that was the case when summing up a frustrating evening.

"The boss has explained everything to me," he told Sportske.

"Him doing this was supposed to be shock therapy for the team, but it didn't work.

"Honestly, it was not easy, but I got over it and when I went on I did everything I could to help the team.

"Now we all have to react and not add fuel to the fire. We have to calm down and do our best.

"But yes, Brazil is far away - it has never been further away."