Ibra, Elmander in Sweden squad for qualifiers
Sweden coach Erik Hamren picked a team without any surprises Tuesday for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Kazakhstan, with strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Johan Elmander set to spearhead the attack.
Sweden travels to Dublin on Sept. 6 for a game that could go a long way toward determining second place in Group C, and then visits Kazakhstan four days later.
With midfielder Rasmus Elm injured, Hamren's 24-man-team includes Kim Kallstrom and Alexander Kacaniklic, who has returned from an injury. PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen is also included while defender Andreas Granqvist was also tapped but is suspended against Ireland.
Sweden lost its latest qualifier in June to Austria 2-1 after a disappointing showing that put the Austrians in second place in Group C behind Germany, which has 16 points. Sweden, Austria, and Ireland each have 11 points with the Austrians ahead on goal difference.
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen), Johan Wiland (FC Copenhagen).
Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Pierre Bengtsson (FC Copenhagen), Rasmus Bengtsson (Twente), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Adam Johansson (IFK Goteborg), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Per Nilsson (Nurnberg), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Martin Olsson (Norwich)
Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Genclerbirligi), Albin Ekdal (Cagliari), Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moskva), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moskva), Erkan Zengin (Eskisehirspor).
Forwards: Johan Elmander (Norwich), Tobias Hysen (IFK Goteborg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven).