The veteran midfielder captained Cesare Prandelli's opponents on Friday night, and, despite the 1-1 stalemate, was full of praise for the Azzurri ahead of Euro 2012Serbia captain Dejan Stankovic has heaped praise on Italy after the 1-1 draw between the sides on Friday night, and has stated that he feels they are amongst the top three nations in the world.
Cesare Prandelli's men have qualified for Euro 2012 after an unbeaten Group C campaign, and the Inter midfielder was impressed after the game in Belgrade.
"There is no disappointment at the final score, seeing as we stepped on to the field against a side that was super-organised in every area," he told Repubblica.
"I personally complimented Cesare Prandelli, because I saw a very strong Italy and right now they are among the top three in the world.
“Prandelli has done an excellent job and we could not have done better against them,” he declared.
The Italian national anthem was drowned out by jeers from the home crowd, which the 33-year-old condemned.
“You do not jeer anyone’s national anthem. That’s it, no debate," Stankovic insisted.
"We are a people full of pride, but must overcome the lack of a victory here and concentrate only on the next match with Slovenia.
“After all, our chances of qualifying are still intact," he concluded.
Serbia can reach the playoffs by finishing in second place, and will do so if they beat Slovenia on Tuesday night.