Ignashevich, who will 39 in July, retired from international football following UEFA Euro 2016 but was called up to the Russian squad earlier in May to replace injured Rubin Kazan defender Ruslan Kambolov.

"Congratulations to Sergei [Ignashevich], what a professional, what a career. I'd like to do the same, but my body can't take any more blows [from the opponents]," 36-year-old Vidic told journalists.

Serbia have qualified for the World Cup in Russia and will play five-time champions Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica in Group E.

Russia will host its first-ever World Cup from June 14 till July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the country.