Sweden trio vying to replace Mellberg in qualifier
Andreas Granqvist, Petter Hansson and Jonas Olsson were selected
Tuesday in Sweden’s 20-man squad and will vie to replace the
suspended Olof Mellberg for the 2012 European Championship
qualifier against the Netherlands next month.
Daniel Majstorovic is likely to fill the other center back
position against the World Cup finalists in Amsterdam on Oct.
Sweden’s Football Association decided not to appeal Mellberg’s
two-match suspension after he was shown a straight red card for a
dangerous tackle in the 6-0 rout of San Marino in the last
AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has shown new levels of
motivation since returning from self-imposed exile from
international football, is included in the squad and will continue
to captain the side.
Sweden started its qualifying campaign with home victories
against San Marino and Hungary, scoring eight goals without
conceding. The match against the Netherlands represents the first
big test of coach Erik Hamren’s reign since he replaced Lars
Lagerback after Sweden’s unsuccessful World Cup qualifying
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC
Defenders: Andreas Granqvist (Groningen), Petter Hansson
(Monaco), Mikael Lustig (Rosenborg), Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic),
Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Behrang Safari (FC Basel),
Oscar Wendt (FC Copenhagen), Emir Bajrami (FC Twente).
Midfielders: Tobias Hysen (IFK Goteborg), Kim Kallstrom (Lyon),
Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Pontus
Wernbloom (AZ Alkmaar), Christian Wilhelmsson (Al Hilal).
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AC Milan), Marcus Berg (PSV
Eindhoven), Johan Elmander (Bolton), Ola Toivonen (PSV