Rosenberg chosen ahead of Elmander for Sweden

BY foxsports • June 11, 2012

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 Rosenberg will play just in front of star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been used in a withdrawn role by Hamren in recent games, while striker Ola Toivonen will play on the wing in a 4-2-3-1 formation.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.

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Team:

Andreas Isaksson, Mikael Lustig, Olof Mellberg, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Rasmus Elm, Kim Kallstrom, Sebastian Larsson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (captain), Ola Toivonen, Markus Rosenberg.


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