Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sweden announce preliminary 23-man squad

Sweden announce preliminary 23-man squad

Federation Internationale de Football Association set yesterday as the deadline for nations to submit preliminary squads for the World Cup but Sweden have announced their final squad ahead of schedule. It was when Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup playoffs in November past year it was speculated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would come back.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is commonly rated as the greatest ever Swedish footballer but quit the national team after their dire showing at Euro 2016.

Goalies: Robin Olsen (Copenhagen, Denmark), Carl Johan Jonsson (Guingamp, France), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea, Wales).

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Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof and Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson make the cut.

Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson (Hull), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Viktor Claesson (Krasnador), Marcus Rohden (Crotone), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse). Berg now plays his football at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Jakob Johansson was left out of the squad announced by Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Tuesday after the AEK Athens midfielder failed to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in the second leg of the European playoffs against Italy in November.

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