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Sweden-EURO 2020 Team Profile

2021-06-16 22:00:00 1511

A talented Sweden side knocked out England on their way to the Euro 92 semi-finals but that remains their best performance at a European Championship finals.

Sweden will face Spain, Poland and Slovakia in Group E of Euro 2020.The big story of the Sweden Euro 2020 squad is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not in it, despite the 39-year-old striker reversing his international retirement decision in January. The AC Milan forward is struggling with a knee injury, and won't be fit in time. 

Coach: Janne Andersson

Number of European Championship Appearances: 6

Best European Championship Performance: Semi-finals: 1992

Number of European Championship Titles: 0

Qualifying Form: Runners-up in Group F with a record of 6-3-1

Major Trophies: 0

Most Capped (current) Player: Sebastian Larsson (129)

Key Player at Euro 2020: Emil Forsberg

Lead-up to the Tournament:

Sweden were also in Spain's group in Euro 2020 qualifying and La Roja inflicted their only defeat in ten games, scoring three late goals (two from the penalty spot) in a 3-0 win in Madrid in June 2019.

The Swedes held Spain to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture and they have been mixing in good company in the Nations League, facing world champions France, European champions Portugal and World Cup finalists Croatia last autumn.

They lost five of their six games last autumn, beating Croatia 2-1 at home, but were far from disgraced and they made a strong start to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with wins to nil over Georgia and Kosovo.

Andersson's men extended their winning run to five internationals with pre-tournament friendly victories over Finland and Armenia and they should arrive at the finals in confident mood.

The Squad:

Despite the unavailability of record goalscorer and European football icon Ibrahimovic, Sweden have an exciting attacking unit.

Leipzig's Emil Forsberg and Krasnodar's Viktor Claesson have decent goalscoring records from midfield and Dejan Kulusevski is an exciting prospect for Juventus.

Kulusevski's fellow 21-year-old Alexander Isak had a prolific La Liga season for Real Sociedad while Mainz forward Robin Quaison and Jordan Larsson, son of Henrik, are other options.

There is no shortage of experience in the squad with veteran defenders Mikael Lustig and Andreas Granqvist, 36-year-old midfielder Sebastian Larsson and long-serving striker Marcus Berg at the opposite end of their careers to Isak and Kulusevski.

Everton's Robin Olsen is likely to start in goal with Manchester United's Victor Lindelof and Filip Helmander of Rangers developing a solid centre-back partnership and the Swedes should prove hard to beat at the finals.

Fixtures:

14th June - Spain, La Cartuja, Seville

18th June - Slovakia, Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg

23rd June - Poland, Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg

Sweden's 26-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (Copenhagen), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Genclerbirligi), Robin Olsen (Everton)

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pierre Bengtsson (Vejle), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Yifang), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborg), Filip Helander (Rangers), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Emil Krafth (Newcastle), Victor Lindelof (Manchester United), Mikael Lustig (AIK)

Midfielders: Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Ken Sema (Watford), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Krasnodar), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moscow).

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