Elmander returns to Sweden side

Elmander returns to Sweden side

Published Jun. 15, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Former Bolton striker Johan Elmander will return to the Sweden side for tonight's Euro 2012 clash with England in Kiev.

Elmander was restricted to a second-half substitutes' appearance in the defeat to co-hosts Ukraine on Monday after recovering from a broken foot.

However, skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic was apparently unimpressed by Elmander's absence and coach Erik Hamren has been quick to recall the forward, who now plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

In the team, which has been posted on the official Swedish FA website, former Southampton player Anders Svensson, has been recalled to partner Kim Kallstrom in the centre of midfield, with Rasmus Elm shifting out to the left wing as Ola Toivonen dropped to the bench.


West Brom's Jonas Olsson also returns to central defence as Andreas Granqvist switches to right-back in place of Michael Lustig, who has a hip problem.

Sweden lost their opening game 2-1 to hosts Ukraine despite Ibrahimovic putting them in front.

They have never lost a competitive game against England, although a 43-year unbeaten run against the Three Lions came to an end at Wembley in November when Gareth Barry's deflected effort gave the hosts victory.