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Gjurovski summons 20 players for Slovakia clash

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Macedonian players before the Ukraine game; photo: ffu.org.uaMacedonian players before the Ukraine game; photo: ffu.org.uaNational team coach Boshko Gjurovski has revealed the squad that will face Slovakia in the crucial EURO 2016 qualifier in Skopje.

Macedonia continues the qualifications for the 2016 European Championships with the Round 4 match against Slovakia in Skopje on 15 November. A very important game for the future of the qualifications as the Lynx must avoid defeat to keep alive its hopes of finishing in the top three. For this game, Gjurovski has called up 20 players, among which includes returnees like keeper Martin Bogatinov, right back Daniel Georgievski and midfielder David Babunski. From the previous squad in the October qualifiers, absent are two keepers in Andreja Efremov and Darko Tofiloski, left back Ardian Cuculi, midfielders Darko Velkovski, Muarem Muarem and Stefan Spirovski and attacker Marjan Radeski.

Martin Bogatinov - Ermis Cyprus
Tome Pachovski - Mechelen Belgium

Aleksandar Damchevski - NAC Breda Netherlands
Daniel Georgievski - Melbourne Victory Australia
Daniel Mojsov - Brann Norway
Ezgjan Alioski - Schaffhausen
Switzerland
Stefan Ristovski - Parma Italy
Vanche Shikov - Austria Wien alt

Aleksandar Trajkovski - Zulte Waregem Belgium
Arijan Ademi - Dinamo Zagreb Croatia
David Babunski - Barcelona B Spain
Muhamed Demiri - St. Gallen Switzerland
Nikola Gligorov - Vardar Macedonia

Aco Stojkov - Rabotnichki Macedonia
Adis Jahovikj
- Krylia Sovetov Russia
Agim Ibraimi
- Maribor Slovenia
Besart Abdurahimi - Lokeren Belgium
Jovan Kostovski - OH Leuven Belgium
Krste Velkoski - Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina
Mirko Ivanovski - CFR Cluj Romania

At today's press conference, Boshko Gjurovski stated, "Ahead of us is a game against a team that so far is perfect when it comes to the points. They have brilliant attackers. Maybe Slovakia doesn't play attractive football, but they are disciplined and efficient. Hamšík, Weiss and Mak are players that make a difference, they stand out with their quality. Our players are aware of the challenge and the quality of the Slovak team. We must play bravely, be smart and professional in the commitment, and hope that this approach will give us a positive result. Some of the players that were on the list in the previous games were now dropped because I think it's better for them to be with their clubs or with the U21 national team. We have enough time to make the necessary analysis and prepare to be at our best for this important game against Slovakia."

Macedonia hosts Slovakia on 15 November at 20.45 CET at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje. Unlike most of the other European nations, Macedonia has opted not to play a friendly on the available FIFA date that is the 18th of November.

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