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Sweden bolster back line for Dutch trip

Published: Tuesday 28 September 2010, 17.26CET
Coach Erik Hamrén said he was dreaming of victory over the Netherlands on 12 October despite missing the banned Olof Mellberg, as he unveiled Sweden's squad for Amsterdam.
by Sujay Dutt
from Stockholm
Sweden bolster back line for Dutch trip
Sweden coach Erik Hamrén ©Getty Images
 
Published: Tuesday 28 September 2010, 17.26CET

Sweden bolster back line for Dutch trip

Coach Erik Hamrén said he was dreaming of victory over the Netherlands on 12 October despite missing the banned Olof Mellberg, as he unveiled Sweden's squad for Amsterdam.

Petter Hansson and Jonas Olsson returned to the Sweden fold as cover for suspended centre-back Olof Mellberg as coach Erik Hamrén announced his squad to face the Netherlands in next month's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier.

in my head we've played a number of matches against the Netherlands – and won them all!
Erik Hamrén

Hamrén has hinted that Andreas Granqvist is likely to partner Daniel Majstorovic at the heart of Sweden's back line but has turned to Olsson and, for the first time in his tenure, Hansson as backup. FC Groningen's Granqvist is one of ten members of the 20-man squad with Dutch Eredivisie experience, and Hamrén is only too aware of the task awaiting his side in Amsterdam on 12 October.

"The Netherlands are second in the FIFA rankings and we are 32nd: there's no doubt who the favourite is," he said. "I like to daydream from time to time though, and in my head we've played a number of matches against the Netherlands – and won them all!" Hamrén's team kicked off Group E with back-to-back wins against Hungary and San Marino.

Sweden squad
Goalkeepers:
Andreas Isaksson (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Wiland (FC København).

Defenders: Andreas Granqvist (FC Groningen), Petter Hansson (AS Monaco FC), Mikael Lustig (Rosenborg BK), Daniel Majstorovic (Celtic FC), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion FC), Behrang Safari (FC Basel 1893), Oscar Wendt (FC København).

Midfielders: Emir Bajrami (FC Twente), Kim Källström (Olympique Lyonnais), Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham City FC), Anders Svensson (IF Elfsborg), Pontus Wernbloom (AZ Alkmaar), Christian Wilhelmsson (al-Hilal FC).

Forwards: Marcus Berg (PSV Eindhoven), Johan Elmander (Bolton Wanderers FC), Tobias Hysén (IFK Göteborg), Zlatan Ibrahimović (AC Milan), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven).

 
Last updated: 29/09/10 17.46CET

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