Svensson quits Sweden’s national team

Sweden’s most-capped player, midfielder Anders Svensson, is

quitting the national team.

After scoring 21 goals in 148 matches for Sweden, the

37-year-old Svensson said Thursday ”it’s time to step aside and

leave room for younger players who are knocking on the door to the

national team.”

While rarely making headlines, Svensson was the mainstay of

Sweden’s midfield for more than a decade.

His most important goal for Sweden was a free kick against

Argentina in the 2002 World Cup. The game ended 1-1, sending

Argentina out of the tournament and Sweden through to the knockout

phase.

Svensson said he will continue playing club football for

Elfsborg in the Swedish Allsvenskan league.