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Sweden list of call-ups, Zlatan is in

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Erik Hamren is at the helm of Sweden since 2009, first national team job after a career spent at club level in Scandinavia (TheSun.co.uk)

Erik Hamren is at the helm of Sweden since 2009, first national team job after a career spent at club level in Scandinavia (TheSun.co.uk)

Nabil Bahoui (AIK), Emil Forsberg (Malmö FF) and Branimir Hrgota (Borussia Mönchengladbach) have got a place in the squad by coach Erik Hamren. Back in the lost are also Albin Ekdal (Cagliari – ITA) and Martin Olsson (Norwich City – ENG) after injury absence in June against Denmark and Belgium.

’I think this squad is a good mix of experienced and younger players and moving forward’’ told Hamren to Swedish press last week upon presenting his squad. ‘’But there will be a new squad for next call-ups to face Russia and Liechtenstein as there is always room for interesting player to break into. I form the squad who I believe has the best chance to win the matches.’’ Sweden will take on Austria away on the 8th of September for Group G.

 

The squad contains seven defenders, something that Erik Hamrén commented like this: ‘’I wanted some more options in midfield and forward, so I was happy to have just seven defenders this time. We just have a right back with (Mikael Lustig) but Pierre Bengtsson has played right back before. I think I have picked up a group of players that gives me the most opportunities’’

Markus Rosenberg has shown great form at Malmö FF. He helped his club to qualify to the Champions League group stage with a brace against FC Salzburg – Erik Hamren explained he was not called up upon agreement ‘’he has told me that he wants to focus on Malmo FF. We had a good talk and I respect his decision.’’

Another question mark is the team captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has picked up an injury. ‘’I talked to him and he seems positive. We'll see if he can play this weekend (last weekend, PSG played against St.Etienne and won 5-0 with Zlatan scoring an hattrick, see videos below –edit), but he we will meet at the start of the week so we'll see how it looks. He feels highly motivated and in good shape’’

Ibrahimovic will represent a tough challenge for Estonian defence

Ibrahimovic will represent a tough challenge for Estonian defence

Målvakter: 
Johan Dahlin (Genclerbirligi – TUR)  Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa - TUR) Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen – NED)

Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (FC Copenhagen – DEN) 
Pierre Bengtsson (FC Copenhagen – DEN) Andreas Granqvist (FK Krasnodar – RUS)
Mikael Lustig (Celtic FC – SCO) Per Nilsson (FC Copenhagen – DEN) Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich – ENG) Martin Olsson (Norwich – ENG)

Midfielders and strikers: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos – GRE) Albin Ekdal (Cagliari – ITA) Kim Källström (Spartak Moskva – RUS) Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland – ENG) Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moskva – RUS) Erkan Zengin (Eskisehirspor – TUR) Nabil Bahoui, (AIK – SWE) Emil Forsberg (Malmö FF – SWE) Johan Elmander (Brøndby – DEN) Branimir Hrgota (Borussia Mönchengladbach – GER) Tobias Hysén (Shanghai – CHN) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain – FRA) Ola Toivonen (Rennes – FRA)