Rosenberg chosen ahead of Elmander for Sweden

Markus Rosenberg will start up front for Sweden in Monday’s

European Championship match against Ukraine after coach Erik Hamren

decided not to risk selecting first-choice striker Johan

Elmander.

The Werder Bremen forward didn’t feature at all in Sweden’s

qualifiers for the tournament but will fill in for Elmander, who is

on the bench having just recovered from fracturing his right

foot.

”It isn’t the best idea for Johan to start today,” Sweden

assistant coach Marcus Allback said. ”There are several matches in

a short space of time. He hasn’t played a match in a month.”

Despite Elmander’s absence, Hamren opted for a blatantly

attack-minded lineup for a game both teams need to win to have a

realistic chance of advancing from Group D, which also includes

England and France. Rosenberg will play just in front of star

forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been used in a withdrawn role

by Hamren in recent games, while striker Ola Toivonen will play on

the wing in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Hamren also chose to put Kim Kallstrom together with Rasmus Elm

in central midfield, instead of the more defensive-minded veteran

Anders Svensson. Sebastian Larsson will be on the other wing.

In the back four, Andreas Granqvist will start next to Olof

Mellberg in the middle at the expense of Jonas Olsson.

Sweden’s federation announced the lineup on its website several

hours before the game. Ireland is the only other team to have named

its team in advance of the mandatory hour before a group match.

Team:

Andreas Isaksson, Mikael Lustig, Olof Mellberg, Andreas

Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Rasmus Elm, Kim Kallstrom, Sebastian

Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (captain), Ola Toivonen, Markus

Rosenberg.