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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ibrahimovic named in Swedish squad

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Picture credit: Stephane Mahe/REUTERS
Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Picture credit: Stephane Mahe/REUTERS

SWEDEN have called on all their big names for their vital World Cup qualifier in Dublin.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren, under pressure to deliver a runner-up spot for the Swedes, has picked a strong-looking panel for their two games, away to Ireland (September 6) and away to Kazakhstan (September 10).

"It will be a tough match away to Ireland. They are hard to beat on their own turf," said coach Hamren. Paris St Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored 44 goals in his 91 appearances for the national team, is included for the trip to Dublin, while Aiden McGeady's Spartak Moscow teammate Kim Kallstrom is also back in favour.

Fulham forward Alexander Kacaniklic has been named in the squad, one of six British-based players in their squad alongside Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Martin Olsson and Johan Elmander (both Norwich) and Seb Larsson (Sunderland). Tobias Hysen, son of former Liverpool star Glenn, is also in the squad.

SWEDEN SQUAD:

Keepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen).

Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Pierre Bengtsson (FC Copenhagen), Rasmus Bengtsson (FC Twente), Andreas Granqvist (Kuban Krasnodar), Adam Johansson (Gothenburg), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Per Nilsson (Nuremburg), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Martin Olsson (Norwich)

Midfield/forwards: Jimmy Durmaz (Genclerbirligi), Albin Ekdal (Cagliari), Johan Elmander (Norwich), Tobias Hysen (Gothenburg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham), Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Ola Toivonen (PSV), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Eskisehirspor).

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