Spurs' Milos Veljkovic discusses 'unbelievable' World Cup triumph

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The young defender helped Serbia win the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this month.

Tottenham defender Milos Veljkovic has been discussing his Under-20 World Cup win with Serbia in an interview with the Spurs website, and unsurprisingly, he couldn't quite believe what he and his teammates have accomplished.

“The whole tournament for us was unbelievable,” Veljkovic said on the Spurs site as he described the tournament. “We lost the first game, although we played well, but we went on to perform well in all the games after that. We went to extra time throughout the knockout stages – we won once on penalties and three other times we won in extra time, but that just shows that we have a strong mentality.”

The 19-year-old added that it'll take some time for the win to sink in, with the scenes as the team landed back in Serbia probably wilder than any of the players would have ever experienced.

“We’re back in Serbia now," he added. "At the airport there were so many people and so much media to welcome us. Everything has been unbelievable – I’m over the moon!

“I don’t think we’ve realised what we’ve achieved properly yet because we’ve been a bit tired from all the travelling but for the people of Serbia and, of course, for us as a squad it’s a massive thing because it’s the first time we’ve been world champions."

What next for Veljkovic?

Velkjovic's status as a 19-year-old youth World Cup winner arguably makes him one of the Premier League's most promising players. Manchester United goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic was the only other British based player in Serbia's squad, and he had nothing like the key role Veljkovic occupied.

The defender played every single minute of the tournament for Serbia, and suffered highs like assisting the second goal against Mali with a header, to lows like the penalty miss against the USA. 

However, nothing will top winning the tournament, and Velkjovic may well be given that extra opportunity to impress Mauricio Pochettino in pre-season. If he does well, the Serb may find himself much closer to the first team than he could have ever expected, sampling plenty of football in cup and European appearances. Otherwise, he may well be given a chance in a loan spell with a Premier League club, a huge step up considering his limited Championship appearances last season.

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