Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice in the space of thirteen first half minutes to set Serbia on their way to a 4-1 thrashing of Luxembourg in their latest World Cup qualifier in Belgrade.

The Fulham centre forward opened the scoring midway through the first period following sustained Serbian pressure when he latched onto a lovely through ball from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and effortlessly fired past the advancing Luxembourg goalkeeper. Mitrovic doubled his tally before the break with a trademark close-range header from Filip Kostic’s cross before being substituted with seven minutes to go after injuring his cheekbone during a clash with a defender. Serbian coach Dragan Stojokovic suggested afterwards that the striker could be still be fit to face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday night.

Mitrovic now has 43 goals for his country in 65 games. It remains remarkable to me that Scott Parker preferred to play Ivan Cavaleiro as a centre forward for a substantial part of last season.