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
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
”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forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been used in a withdrawn role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.
Andreas Isaksson, Mikael Lustig, Olof Mellberg, Andreas
Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Rasmus Elm, Kim Kallstrom, Sebastian
Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (captain), Ola Toivonen, Markus