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.

12.

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

qualifier.

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

campaign.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC

Copenhagen).

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

Eindhoven).